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Kalispell man accused of teen’s death appears in court

Posted at 10:49 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 14:11:15-04

KALISPELL – A Kalispell man charged with killing a 15-year-old girl after driving drunk and crashing into her house says he’s not guilty.

Jared Parsons, 31, has been charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence. Parsons was arraigned in Flathead District Court on Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Parsons was drunk when he drove his Dodge pick-up truck into a house on Spring Creek Drive at around 2 a.m. on Friday, April 26.

Erin Howk was killed while she was sleeping.

Parsons could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 if he’s found guilty. Flathead District Court Judge Dan Wilson set Parson’s bail at $500,000.