Reform South Dakota DUI Laws

Maegan was just starting out in life… pursuing her dream as a fisheries
biologist in the American West, preserving native species.  She cherished
all life.

On July 8, 2013, while standing in a parking lot, 150’ off of a highway,
working on a trailered boat, she was killed along with Dr. Robert Klumb,
finishing a 13 hour day for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Pickstown,
SD.  She was thrown 120’ and there were no viewable remains.  

Ronald Fischer, killed her.  He had a BAC of 0.274 (nearly 3.5 times
legal limit).  He was charged with 2 counts of first degree manslaughter
and vehicular homicide and  other charges.  His non-jury trial was on
September 29-30, 2014.

On February 4, 2015, Judge Bruce Anderson found Fisccher
not guilty  of
manslaughter.  He was convicted of 2 countrs of vehicular homicide, DUI
and drug charges.  He was sentenced March 23, 2015 to the maximum
of 30 years in prison for 2 counts of Vehicular Homicide. He is eligible for
presumed (automatic) parole after serving 30 of the sentence (9 years, in

Fischer filed an appeal of his conviction with the South Dakota Supreme
Court  on July 29, 2015.  He seeks to be released from prison based on a
legal technicality.
Links to Other Pages on This Site:

The Spindler Family DUI Reform Proposal

News Links about our DUI Reform Efforts in
Memory of Maegan Spindler

An Open Letter to Gov. Daugaard for his "do
nothing" stance on DUI reform
(A full page ad we placed in the Pierre Capital Journal on Feb 18, 2014)

About Maegan's short life,
including her obituary and after death articles

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A full discussion about DUI in America, based
on our experience
A Photo Gallery of Maegan Spindler
Maegan Elizabeth Spindler
Killed by a drunk driver
A Picassa Photo Gallery of Maegan Spindler
In Maegan’s Memory, her family is advocating that South Dakota
Government reform its DUI laws to become "best in class"
South Dakota Recent DUI Trends and
Proposed Reforms:
What went wrong and How to fix it
Temporary e-mail address for
South Dakota DUI Reform:

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South Dakota DUI Trends, 2001-2013 (.pptx)