Arrest made by South Dakota police in death of Cazenovia woman

The man who struck and killed 25-year-old Cazenovia native Maegan Spindler and her co-worker with his minivan in Pickstown, S.D., on July 8 was arrested last week and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

Ronald Ray Fischer, 28, of the Yankton Indian Reservation, turned himself in to police on July 23, four days after a warrant was issued for his arrest by a Charles Mix County court. He was arraigned in Charles Mix County Court on July 25, was appointed a public defender by the court and ordered held on $200,000 cash bond, according to a report in the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader. No further court date has yet been scheduled.

Attempts to contact Charles Mix County State’s Attorney Thomas Deadrick, who is prosecuting the case, were unsuccessful as of press time.

Spindler, a 2006 graduate of Cazenovia High School, along with Dr. Robert Allan Klumb, 46, of Pierre, S.D., both were killed July 8, after Fischer failed to stop his Chrysler Town and Country minivan at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 46 near Pickstown, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The van continued into a hotel parking lot, hitting the two pedestrians and two parked vehicles.

Spindler and Klum were killed after completing a long day's work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where they were working on the recovery of the endangered sturgeon in the Missouri River.

Fischer was injured in the crash, treated at a hospital in Wagner then transferred to Sioux Falls, where he was later released.

Fischer was not arrested immediately after the accident because state highway patrol investigators were waiting for the results of his toxicology tests to determine whether his actions were the results of drunk driving or a possible medical condition, said Lt. Alan Welsh, assistant district commander for the Sioux Falls district of the South Dakota State Highway Patrol.

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