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Driver in fatal given 6 years home detention

September 28, 2012

    A Huntington man who pleaded guilty to driving the truck that struck and killed a construction worker in Decatur in 2011 has been sentenced in Adams Circuit Court by Judge Fredrick A. Schurger.
    Gary L. Biehl, a resident of Huntington, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with  four years suspended. He will serve the six years on home detention.
    Biehl also was handed 10 years of probation, a two-year driver's license suspension, must enroll in a substance abuse program, and was ordered to pay $144,266.50 in court costs and home detention fees
    On April 13, 2011, Biehl, then 37, was traveling on Winchester St. in Decatur when he attempted to turn north onto S. 13th Street, while construction crews were working at the intersection.
    According to the police, Ryan D. Zimmerman, 25, Fort Wayne, was bent over in a hole about 15 inches deep doing some drilling when the wheels from the turning trailer struck him.
    Zimmerman, who was an employee of Primco in Fort Wayne, was rushed by paramedics to Adams Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma, according to the Adams County Coroner's office.
    Biehl pleaded guilty to causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood, a class B felony.

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