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Charles City man sent to prison for drunk driving accident that took child’s life


This news story was published on November 12, 2020.
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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.

BLADE, JESSE DUANE

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3 Responses to Charles City man sent to prison for drunk driving accident that took child’s life

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 12, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    On average, ten thousand people are killed yearly by drunk drivers. How do you stop people from driving drunk?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 13, 2020 at 7:41 am

      If you knew how many are really driving drunk you would never leave your house.