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Man charged with death of wife after alleged DUI crash

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Joshua L. Kion | Lemhi County Jail

SALMON — A man has been charged for causing the death of his wife after an alleged DUI crash with him behind the wheel.

Joshua L. Kion, 30, is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. According to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com, on Oct. 26, Brittany Kion died in the crash on U.S. Highway 93 when Joshua Kion crashed the couple’s SUV while intoxicated.

When Lemhi County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, they found Kion standing alongside the overturned white 2008 GMC Acadia on the highway. According to a probable cause statement, Kion told deputies he was intoxicated and they could smell alcohol on him.

Kion’s wife died at the scene and he was taken to Steele Memorial Hospital for medical treatment. A deputy wrote that Kion “made additional statements regarding his intoxication at the time of the crash.” Kion also gave a blood sample, but results were not included in court documents.

When released from the hospital, deputies booked Kion into the Lemhi County Jail where he posted $2,500 bail.

A preliminary hearing for Kion is scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Lemhi County Courthouse before Magistrate Judge Andrew Woolf. If convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter, Kion could spend up to 15 years in prison and or pay a $15,000 fine.

Although Kion is charged with a crime, it does not automatically mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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