Prosecutors: Driver was over BAC limit when he crashed, killing passenger

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Andrew Cassell was arraigned Monday on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.


by Jamie Grey

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:00 PM

BOISE -- The 25-year-old charged in a fatal Halloween night crash appeared in court this afternoon.

Early in the morning on November 1, police say Andrew Cassell crashed into a phone pole, killing his passenger, 21-year-old Aldina Ekic.

Cassell is charged with vehicular manslaughter.

At his first court appearance Monday afternoon, prosecutors said Cassell admitted to officers the night of the crash that he had been drinking and allowed police to do a blood test.

His blood alcohol level was reported at 0.14, which is above the .08 legal limit for driving.

The crash happened last Friday morning around 3 a.m. on State Street near the intersection of Horseshoe Bend Road.

Ekic died at the scene.

Prosecutors asked for a higher bond pointing to previous incidents dating back to 2006 including driving charges and a minor in possession of alcohol.

But Cassell's attornies argued he has a job and lives with his parents, so he wouldn't be a risk to leave or commit another crime.

While saying the charge is serious and outcome tragic, the judge agreed setting bond at $75,000.

Cassell's next appearance will be November 18th.