Man accused of driving drunk in fatal crash ordered held on $100,000 bail

Man accused of driving drunk in fatal crash ordered held on $100,000 bail
Tony Kenkel

A 28-year-old man has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and DUI in connection with a head-on collision over the weekend.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Tony Kenkel, of Earling, Iowa, to be held on $100,000 bail.

Authorities said Kenkel was driving a 2017 Chevy Silverado east on U.S. Highway 36 about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the pickup crossed the center line into westbound traffic. It collided nearly head-on with a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000 GT near Lake Cunningham Park Road.

The Mitsubishi driver, Joseph Daniels, 21, of Council Bluffs, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Thomas Greise, 21, is in a medically induced coma with multiple injuries, officials said.

Prosecutor Ryan Lindberg said Greise has a severe brain injury, his spleen has been removed and he has a broken leg, arm and pelvis.

Officers at the scene said Kenkel had an odor of alcohol on his breath, Lindberg said, and his blood-alcohol level was .091 at the scene. Two and a half hours after the collision, Kenkel had a blood-alcohol level of .08, Lindberg said.

Christopher Roth, Kenkel’s attorney, said Kenkel owns a business in Earling and is a volunteer firefighter. He has no prior criminal record other than speeding tickets, Roth said.

Daniels’ relatives declined to comment after the hearing. Visitation for Daniels will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home at 1221 N. 16th St. in Council Bluffs. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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