User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


18° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Vehicular Homicide Suspect Appears In Court

October 4, 2011, 5:16 PM by David Brown

Vehicular Homicide Suspect Appears In Court
James Harris

DE SMET, SD - The driver accused of a deadly hit-and-run crash appeared before a judge Tuesday.

28-year-old James Harris of Anoka, Minnesota, is charged with DUI, hit-and-run, and vehicular homicide in the death of 16-year-old De Smet High School student Zach Eichstadt.

Judge Tim Tucker kept Harris' bond at $250,000.  The defense wanted it lowered, but the prosecution pointed to Harris' outstanding warrant in Minnesota for failing to notify his probation officer of his move to South Dakota.  The Kingsbury County Sheriff says even though it's been ten days since the accident, the town of De Smet is still reacting to the loss.

Harris didn't really want to be seen as he entered the Kingsbury County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
On September 23, Harris is accused of running a stop sign at the corner of 1st Street and Calumet Avenue and hitting and killing 16-year-old Zach Eichstadt.

"It's a terrible thing," Kingsbury County Sheriff Kevin Scotting said. "It's shock and, you know, just a terrible thing."

Scotting says over the past week, the town of De Smet has rallied around Eichstadt, providing a memorial for a boy who loved to skateboard.

"You see a lot of people in a small community like this, they all do band together and support the family."

Scotting says one of the most frustrating elements is the street corner where Eichstadt was struck isn't considered a particularly dangerous intersection.

"To my knowledge, I guess, in the years I've been here, there's never been anything at that corner in that area there," Scotting said.

Considering the fact that Scotting says he's never seen a situation like this before, the anger from the community is understandable.

"There is outrage," Scotting said. "I mean, unfortunately, we are a small community and it shocks the whole community."

And while Scotting couldn't comment specifically on the ongoing case against Harris, he is confident of one thing.

"Justice will be served," Scotting said.

Harris' next scheduled court appearance is Friday, October 7 at 1 p.m.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Dominic Fischer Found Dead During Search

12/17/2014 12:07 PM

Searchers discovered the body of Dominic Fischer in a field on Wednesday.

Full Story
Alexis Vanbochove Has Passed Away

12/17/2014 10:47 AM

According to her family, 4-year-old Alexis Vanbochove passed away early Wednesday morning.

Full Story
Grain Bin Collapses In Britton

12/14/2014 5:55 PM

A grain bin in Britton, SD collapsed this afternoon. No one was injured.

Full Story
A Super Hero Send-Off

12/11/2014 10:05 PM

Most of us don't have any idea how long we have to live and that may be a good thing. But a Sioux Falls seventh grader knows his days are num...

Full Story | Watch
Don't Jerk And Drive Campaign Pulled

12/11/2014 8:51 PM

A new ad campaign aimed at keeping drivers safe on South Dakota roads, received a bigger negative response than expected.

Full Story


Events