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ROCKFORD | A North Iowa man charged with vehicular homicide after a rural Cerro Gordo County rollover Friday morning was intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to law enforcement.

Thomas John Parcher, 28, was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram in the 24000 block of 190th Street near Rockford about 2:09 a.m. when the vehicle rolled several times, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. 

Deputies found the vehicle in the north embankment, off the roadway, the sheriff's office said. Passenger Tonya Martin, 50, of Rockwell, was ejected and died at the scene. 

Parcher submitted to field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of .136 percent, according to the criminal complaint. Iowa's legal limit is .08 percent. 

There were four occupants in the vehicle, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said Friday. No one else was transported after the crash, according to the news release. 

Parcher has been charged with homicide by vehicle — operating under the influence and is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Law enforcement in a news release said Parcher is from Charles City, but court documents list a Marble Rock address. Property records indicate Parcher owns a home in Marble Rock. 

Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Nora Springs Fire and EMS, Rockford Fire, Mason City Fire Department and State Medical Examiner’s Office assisted at the scene.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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