Excerpt from Attorney Ralph Behr’s Book. Street Smarts- Criminal Law 1.01 – What is Vehicular Homicide?

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50 ‘most charged’ crimes defined

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

The state must prove more than a failure to use ordinary care.  The state must prove:

  1. The victim is dead.
  2. The death was caused by a motor vehicle operated by the defendant.
  3. The defendant operated the motor vehicle in a reckless manner likely to cause death or great bodily injury.

The state does not have to prove any intent on the driver to injure the victim, just reckless operation.