Not guilty plea in deadly Humboldt County collision

Trisha Luthro
Trisha Luthro

Webster County woman accused of drunk driving in crash that killed a 12-year-old.

Posted: Apr 29, 2018 10:02 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2018 10:41 AM

DAKOTA CITY, Iowa – A Webster County woman is pleading not guilty in a fatal crash.

Trisha Dawn Luthro of Badger is charged in Humboldt County District Court with homicide by vehicle-OWI and serious injury by vehicle. Authorities say Luthro was seen driving erratically eastbound on Highway 3 in Humboldt on September 24, 2017. She’s accused of crossing the centerline around 7:50 pm and colliding head on with the westbound vehicle driven by Kevin Paul Ahlstrom of Dakota City.

The crash happened about ½ mile east of the junction of Highway 3 and U.S. Highway 169. Authorities say Ahlstrom was returning home from a family function in Clarion.

The collision seriously injured Luthro and Kevin Ahlstrom and killed Ahlstrom’s son, 12-year-old Brady James Ahlstrom. According to court documents, Luthro’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash.

Criminal charges were filed against Luthro on February 20. She pleaded not guilty on March 26. A trial date has not been set.

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