Man sentenced for vehicular manslaughter after crash that killed his uncle

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Timothy Kostial

RIGBY — A 52-year-old man charged with vehicular manslaughter following a crash that killed his uncle said he regrets his actions.

Timothy Kostial was sentenced Monday afternoon in Jefferson County. He will serve a fixed three year term with an additional four years indeterminate; however, Judge Alan Stephens decided to retain jurisdiction and sent Kostial on a rider. A rider is a rehabilitation program that can last anywhere from six months to a year.

Kostial was arrested in June following a crash that resulted in the death of 64-year-old Gary Thompson. Thompson was Kostial’s uncle.

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The pair were in a pickup truck on North 3950 East April 22, when Kostial lost control and exited the road. Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson says Kostial then overcorrected, causing the truck to overturn near 530 North.

Kostial and Thompson were both ejected from the truck. Thompson was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he died.

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According to court documents, Kostial had a blood alcohol content of 0.10 percent at the time of the crash.

At the sentencing, Kostial said he regretted his actions and that he misses his uncle. He acknowledged that he needs help to overcome his addictions.

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