Perry man convicted in connection with fatal 2009 Guthrie County crash


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A jury in Guthrie County has convicted a Perry man on a felony charges of Vehicular Homicide by Reckless and Drunken Driving, in connection with an August 24th 2009 crash, near Yale. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 30-year old Thomas Dugan faces up to 25-years in prison when he is sentenced on July 2nd. In its decision handed down last Friday (May 18th), the jury said Dugan was responsible for the death of 28-year old Adam Anderson, of Bagley. They reached their decision after a trial that lasted a little more than three days.

Authorities had claimed Dugan was behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Mustang that went out of control. Dugan and Anderson were ejected from the car as it rolled end-over-end multiple times before coming to rest in a soybean field. The crash happened soon after a 10-year reunion was held for alumni of the Panorama High School. The car wasn’t discovered until several hours after the wreck took place.

Charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and drunken driving were filed against Dugan in February of 2011, after DNA tests indicated he was the driver of the car. Prior to the test results, authorities couldn’t determine which man was behind the wheel.