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Trial underway for Clarksville man accused of vehicular homicide


After a weather delay Thursday, the trial of a Clarksville man accused of vehicular homicide began Friday in Waverly.

Alex Pothast is accused of drinking and driving in 2010 when his classmate, Joshua Young of Waverly, died after a crash in Pothast's vehicle.

Bremer County Attorney Kasey Wadding started the morning off by setting the scene of what happened March 21st, 2010.

He said the Pothast and Young were at a party drinking. They along with Cole Staudt left the party and went to another location.

Staudt testified saying after leaving that location Pothast started driving recklessly, reaching speeds of more than 100 miles a hour.

When hitting the gravel road, he says that's when they lost control and flipped the car several times.

Prosecutors are trying to determine what exactly caused the accident.

"This is an accident involving a teenager. 17-year-old kid driving his vehicle at an excessively high rate of speed of a gravel road. On a gravel road that is fairly poor condition, frost boils, chuck holes. That's what caused this accident," said Matt Lindholm, Defense Attorney.

Pothast has pleaded not guilty to both counts against him, vehicular homicide by way of intoxication and vehicular homicide by reckless driving.

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