Rural Wellington man is charged in fatal crash

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By WIBW (Topeka) Radio Staff
September 21, 2012 - 9:06:38 pm

A rural Wellington man - who is a veterinary student at Kansas State - is facing criminal charges in connection with a crash near Manhattan in May that left two people dead.

Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, Miles Theurer, 24, was arrested at the Riley County Police Dept. A warrant was issued charging him with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated battery and driving under the influence. Bond was set at $50,000 and jail officials said Friday that Theurer was no longer incarcerated.

Theurerís arrest stems from a motor-vehicle accident May 14 on K-18 highway that claimed the lives of Elizabeth Young, 31, White City, and Michael Stanley, 32, Ogden. Due to road construction on the highway, traffic had been reduced to two lanes with opposing traffic traveling directly next to each other.

Around 3 a.m., Theurer - who is said to have had a blood alcohol level of at least .08 - is accused of crossing over the center line and going the wrong direction in the westbound lane. His 2003 Chevy Silverado struck a 2001 Buick LeSabre driven by Young. Stanley was Youngís passenger. The battery charges are a result of injuries suffered by two of the three passengers in Theurerís vehicle.

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