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Lawrence man charged with murder in fatal DUI crash

A Lawrence man has been charged with killing a woman on a scooter while driving drunk.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 43-year-old Eric Spaeth is free on $75,000 bond.  He was charged this week with second-degree murder or, in the alternative, involuntary manslaughter, in the death of 24-year-old Elizabeth Allen.

He also is charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, his second offense, and driving while suspended.  The crash report said Allen and her scooter were dragged under Spaeth’s truck in August.

Police said Spaeth’s blood alcohol content was more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit.

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