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Woman Convicted of Manslaughter in Sioux Falls, SD DUI Crash


Posted on Apr 15, 2011

Tammy Jean Kvasnicka, who killed another person in a drunk driving crash in Sioux Falls in July, was convicted this week of manslaughter by a jury.

On July 10, 2010, an intoxicated Kvasnicka drove the wrong way on Interstate 229 in Sioux Falls, SD, and slammed into a white BMW driven by Corbin Burwell. Burwell's passenger, Michael Xayavong, was killed in the wreck and another passenger was seriously injured.

After a lengthy trial, which included three days of jury selection and three days of testimony, Kvasnicka was convicted by the jury of manslaughter, vehicular homicide, DUI, and vehicular battery.

Burwell was called as a witness and stayed for the duration of the trial. He was happy with the verdict, but not all pleased with the situation. "She can spend the rest of her life in jail, but Michael's never coming back," he said.

Together, the convictions carry a possibility of life in prison without parole for Kvasnicka. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by the accident.

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