Vehicular Homicide Charge Filed Against Sheldon Man In Connection With Fatal Accident In May

Date posted - November 18, 2013

Hand Cuffs sxcSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man who ran into another car and caused a fatal accident in May, 2013 has now been arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide, according to state officials, and may face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

On Friday, November 15th, 2013 the Iowa State Patrol arrested 24-year-old Justin Hassebroek of Sheldon on charges related to a fatal car crash that occurred on May 5th, 2013. The Iowa State Patrol’s investigation revealed that Hassebroek was driving westbound near Hy-Vee in Sheldon at about 8:44 AM that day, when his vehicle crossed the centerline, striking a vehicle driven by 83-year-old Joan Van Rooyen of Sheldon, head on.

Van Rooyen sustained fatal injuries in the collision. A passenger in Hassebroek’s car, 23-year-old Justin Mulder of Sheldon, sustained serious injuries in the collision.

The State Patrol now says Hassebroek’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. Hassebroek was charged with Vehicular Homicide, a class “B” Felony; Serious Injury by Intoxicated use of a Motor Vehicle, a class “D” Felony; as well as Failure to Maintain Control.

A class “B” felony is punishable by 25 years in prison, and a class “D” felony is punishable by 5 years in prison.

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