SIBLEY, Iowa -- A Milford, Iowa, woman has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges stemming from a June traffic accident in which a father and his 5-year-old son were killed.
Ann Vanderpool, 49, entered her written plea Wednesday in Osceola County District Court to two counts each of vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide -- reckless driving. Her trial was set for June 26.
The charges allege that Vanderpool was intoxicated at 10:50 a.m. June 10, when her Chevrolet Captiva crossed the center line of Iowa Highway 9 near Sibley and collided head-on with a Toyota Camry driven by Travis Mier, of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Mier was pronounced dead at the Osceola Community Hospital. His son, Elliott, was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital, where he died.
According to court documents, a blood sample showed that Vanderpool, who also was injured in the collision, had a blood/alcohol content of .145 percent, above the 0.08 percent legal limit to drive in Iowa.