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Blakesburg man arrested for vehicular homicide

Dennis Sandifer
Dennis Sandifer

A Blakesburg man has been charged with homicide by vehicle, a Class B felony.

Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol arrested Dennis Sandifer, 63, Tuesday. The charges are the result of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Aug. 2 south of Blakesburg on the Wapello-Monroe Road. Sandifer was driving a 1996 Ford pickup, and struck a semi head on.

Brandon Pruett, 29, of Blakesburg, was a passenger in Sandifer’s vehicle, and died at the scene of the accident. Sandifer is being held in the Wapello County Jail on a bond of $25,000.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by Ottumwa Regional Mobile Intensive Care Services, Albia Fire Department, Blakesburg Fire Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement and Mercy One - Emergency Transport Services.