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The trial of Dr. Joseph Yurich continues on Thursday. Yurich is accused of crashing a boat into a fishing vessel on May 9, 2015. The accident resulted in the death of Neal Cuppett, 58. Bruce Lindamood,42, was injured as well. Yurich is now facing several charges, including vehicular homicide. Court is expected to begin at 9:00 am ET.
In addition to homicide, and a vehicular assault charge for Lindamood’s injury, Yurich, a surgeon, is accused of being drunk at the time of the crash. He is facing a charged of operating a watercraft while impaired. A blood alcohol test showed a level of .08, which is just above the legal limit, however the tests were ruled to be inadmissible at trial because the blood and urine samples had not been properly refrigerated before going to a lab for testing. Despite this, prosecutors believe they still have enough evidence to support the charge, including a statement from Yurich, where he allegedly admitted to having “a couple” drinks.
On Wednesday, a bartender who served Yurich that day testified, saying that the doctor did not appear impaired when he saw him. Security video of the bar showed Yurich and others drinking. Between 9:47 pm and 10:51 pm, he appeared to have two beers and a shot. The bartender said the shot contained Licor 43, which is 31% alcohol, and heavy whipping cream.