CRESCO, IOWA – A man from Southern Minnesota was found guilty today of vehicular homicide after a Howard county car crash last year that took the life of another Minnesota man.
Judge Richard Stochl found 21-year-old Zachary V. Taylor guilty of felony C homicide by vehicle while attempting to elude a pursuing law enforcement vehicle. Taylor had pled not guilty, originally, to a charge of felony B vehicular homicide while operating while intoxicated.
On August 17, 2013, Taylor was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on Highway 63 and 10th St. near Chester, Iowa with three passengers while law enforcement attempted to stop his vehicle. Taylor lost control of the vehicle and entered a ditch, striking several trees.
Matthew A. Scarbeck, 27, of Grand Meadow, MN, died after the crash. Two other Minnesota women, Amy M. Horsman, 26, of Spring Valley, Minn., and Autumn A. Horsman, 23, were hospitalized, as well as Taylor.
Taylor was sentenced by Judge Stochl to 10 years in prison.