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Man Pleads Guilty To Causing Fatal Accident That Left 3 Dead
Updated September 9, 2016 3:34 AM
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(PETERSBURG) - Sentencing is set for November 22nd for 48-year-old Brian Paquette. The Petersburg Press Dispatch reports he pleaded guilty in connection with February's triple fatal crash on I-69.

Paquette pleaded guilty to three counts each of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle causing death, of operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless homicide.  He also pleaded to one count each of involuntary manslaughter, operating while intoxicated with a controlled substance causing serious injury and possession of meth.

On the night of February 12th, Paquette with a Virginia address and formerly of Oakland City was driving north in the southbound lanes.  A trooper was notified of the wrong way driver and caught up with him 2 miles south of the Petersburg exit.

Despite attempts by the police officer to get the driver's attention, he drove head on into a 2014 Ford Focus driven by Stephanie Molinet of Elberfeld.  The Focus was then hit by a third vehicle, a GMC Terrain, driven by Jason Lowe of Fishers, Indiana.

Lowe was killed while his passenger, 46-year-old Samantha Lowe was injured.  Moilnet was also killed, along with her passenger, 22-year-old Autumn Kapperman who was five months pregnant.  Paquette was treated at Deaconess Hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

At his sentencing hearing in November, he faces up to 50 years in prison if he's sentenced on all counts.



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