PICKSTOWN, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says alcohol was involved in a crash near Pickstown that killed two researchers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler says Ronald Ray Fischer Jr. was arrested Tuesday on two counts of vehicular homicide. Thaler says Fischer turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued.

The Highway Patrol says Fischer, of Lake Andes, had a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit, when the vehicle he was driving struck and killed Robert Klumb of Pierre and Maegan Spindler of Cazenovia, N.Y., on July 8. Spindler was living in Pierre.

Troopers say Fischer’s vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at a highway intersection and then traveled into a parking lot, where it hit Klumb and Spindler.

The family of Maegan Spindler issued a statement Tuesday saying they were “thankful and relieved” that Fischer has been charged and that he has been arrested.

“Ron Fischer, accused of vehicular homicide in the deaths of Maegan Spindler (our daughter) and Dr. Robert Klumb, turned himself in at the Charles Mix County Sheriff office this afternoon. He was made aware of the arrest warrant and turned himself in voluntarily,” the statement said.

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