Boisean charged with vehicular manslaughter in young woman's death was in court this week

January 2, 2014 

Andrew Ryan Cassell

A 25-year-old Boise man who was at the wheel of a car that crashed into a power pole Oct. 31, killing one of his passengers, was in court Monday.

Andrew Cassell waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and an arraignment date in Fourth District Court was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 before Judge Deborah Bail.

Cassell is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of Aldina Ekic. The 21-year-old died at the crash scene on State Street near Glenwood Street.

Ekic, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Ada County Coroner's Office.

At Monday's hearing, the prosecution amended its complaint against Cassell to reflect that his blood alcohol content after the crash was 0.125, above Idaho's limit of 0.08. Previously, prosecutors said Cassell's BAC was 0.14.

Deputy prosecutor Fafa Alidjani said the initial BAC came from blood tests at the hospital, while the second was forensic testing done at the state lab. She said the latter is what's used in prosecuting cases.

Cassell is out on $75,000 bond. He is prohibited from drinking or driving, according to the terms of his release.

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