CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man has been sent to prison for a drunk driving accident that took a child’s life last year.
An auto accident occurred in Floyd county on October 26, 2019. Jesse Duane Blade, age 30, was northbound, driving his 2015 Ford Taurus at about 6:36 AM that morning on Glass Avenue near Rudd Park Road. Glass allegedly failed to stop at a posted stop sign and crashed broadside into an eastbound 2003 Ford Windstar van driven by 57-year-old Ronald Paul Fisher of Mason City.
As a result of the collion, 9-year-old Royce G Fisher died. Ronald Paul Fisher was injured, as were 50-year-old Sarah J Fisher and 11-year-old Aidyn Kline.
The accident remained under investigation.
On March 24, 2020, the Iowa State Patrol brought a number of charges against Blade, including:
– HOMCIDE BY VEHICLE – OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (CLASS B FELONY)
– HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE – RECKLESS DRIVING (CLASS C FELONY)
– THREE COUNTS: SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE (CLASS D FELONY)
– OPERATING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE 2ND OFFENSE (AGGRAVATED MISDEMEANOR)
Blade was been granted a public defender.
Finally, after a guilty plea in September to all charges except one count of homicide by vehicle – reckless driving (dismissed) Blade was sentenced to 25 years in prison along with $5,122.75 in fines and court fees.