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Forum News Service, Published June 24 2013

Hibbing man must serve year in jail for fatal crash

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - A Hibbing man convicted of striking and killing a man with his pickup truck will avoid prison time if he follows conditions of his probation.

Lyle Elmer White, 71, was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison Monday in Itasca County Court. The sentenced was stayed, and White was placed on 10 years of supervised probation. Conditions of probation include serving one year in jail, paying a $1,085 fine, undergoing a chemical dependency evaluation and following its recommendation, and not possessing or using alcohol or drugs.

White was charged in November with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Eugene Paul Zeroth, 78, of Princeton. In April, White pleaded guilty to one of the two counts facing him.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, a urine sample collected from White about 2½ hours after the crash revealed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.09. The legal limit to drive is under 0.08. A crash reconstruction indicated “that White was traveling at an excessive rate of speed within the posted speed of 45 mph zone,” the complaint said. The truck’s airbag control module indicated that White’s truck was traveling at 66 mph three to five seconds before the crash.