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Man charged with killing pedestrian with vehicle while under prescription drugs

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A northern Wisconsin man is due in court Tuesday afternoon, after he allegedly killed a pedestrian last fall while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.  

47-year-old Evan Mooney of rural Pelican is charged in Marathon County with four felonies -- homicide by negligent driving, homicide while driving under a controlled substance, 5th or 6th-time OWI, and causing death with a revoked driver's license.  

According to prosecutors, Mooney admitted taking prescription Vicodin and Alprazolam the morning of last October 28th. Then around mid-afternoon, police said Mooney's vehicle struck 87-year-old John Diktanas in Rothschild. Diktanas died about four hours later at a hospital.  

Officials said there were a half-dozen drugs in Mooney's system around the time of the crash. He was arrested Sunday on a warrant.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)