Man jailed for vehicular homicide near Clitherall [UPDATED]Published 10:59am Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Updated 10:53am Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A 24-year-old Parkers Prairie man will spend at least four and a third years in prison after he was recently convicted in Otter Tail County court for criminal vehicular homicide near Clitherall.
Robin Joseph Turchin also faces fines, fees and restitution of more than $21,800 for his crime, committed May 8, 2011.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m. that day, law enforcement was called to a one-truck accident near the intersection of Liberty Road and Liberty Lane in the Clitherall area, court records state. When a deputy arrived, the truck’s passenger, Justin Hemmerlin, also 24 and of Parkers Prairie, was dead, and driver Turchin was crying in an ambulance.
Professing to not have clear memories of some of the circumstances surrounding the accident, Turchin said he was unable to navigate a curve and blacked out following a crash off the left side of the road. He admitted to having some drinks in the Ottertail area the previous evening, and a blood test put his blood alcohol content at .11.