A 27-year-old North Dakota man is facing criminal charges after a crash that killed one of his passengers.
The Lawrence County accident occurred on Friday, April 26 at about 10:43 p.m. Gabriel Culver, of Dickinson, North Dakota, was driving was driving a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup eastbound on Homestake Road about five miles west of Spearfish. According to Sergeant Jeff Twite of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Culver tried to pass another vehicle on the dirt and gravel road, lost control of his truck, over-corrected, and went into a ditch where the truck struck an electrical box and the side of a concrete bridge. The truck landed on its side under the bridge.
Culver’s front seat passenger, 24-year-old Nicholas Sukstorf, of Spearfish, died at the scene. Culver was seriously injured and was taken to Spearfish Regional Hospital by ambulance. Neither Culver nor Suktorf were wearing seat belts. Two backseat passengers, Tyler Johnson and Chandler Harris, both of Spearfish, were wearing seat belts and sustained only minor injuries. They were treated at the scene.
Culver is being charged with vehicular homicide, DUI 2nd offense, and careless driving. He may also face civil penalties from the family of his deceased passenger.
Families who lose a loved one to a South Dakota DUI accident have the right to seek compensation and punitive damages from the intoxicated driver who caused the crash. To learn more about South Dakota wrongful death claims for families of DUI victims, contact a Sioux Falls car accident lawyer.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.