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Driver sentenced in 2021 DUI crash that killed 3 from Driggs in Nevada


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A driver accused of causing a triple-fatal DUI crash in Nevada’s Nye County has been sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that Tyler Kennedy received 8 to 20 years for each of three counts of DUI causing death, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Authorities said Kennedy’s pickup truck collided with an SUV driven by Idaho resident Michael Durmeier on U.S. Highway 95 near Beatty on March 27, 2021.

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They say Durmeier, 39, his fiance, Lauren Starcevich, 38, and his daughter, Georgia Durmeier, 12, all died in the crash. Two other children in the SUV were injured but survived.

Durmeier Family
Lauren Starcevich, left, and her daughter, Emerson, with her fiancee, Michael Durmeier, and his kids Georgia and Jackson. | Courtesy Facebook

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Kennedy pleaded guilty to the three counts of DUI.

The Review-Journal reported that Kennedy admitted to years of addiction to opioids in court records and on police bodycam video.

County sheriff’s deputies had questioned and released Kennedy about an hour before the crash at a rest stop despite finding evidence of drug use in his truck and noticing he “was probably under the influence,” according to police bodycam video.

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