DEADWOOD — A fatal crash in September 2021 that allegedly resulted in the death of a 9-year-old has resulted in the child’s father being charged with vehicular homicide charge.
A Lawrence County grand jury indicted Jessey Lee Pullen, 41 on April 13 and charged him with vehicular homicide, a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines, or, in the alternative, second-degree manslaughter, a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Pullen was also charged by complaint April 13 with two counts of failure to wear a safety belt; operator to assure that passengers between 5 and 18 wear seat belts; and speeding 69 mph in a 55-mph zone, all Class 2 misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine per count.
The crash happened north of Deadwood around 4:45 p.m. Sept. 23, 2021 when Pullen was allegedly driving a 2006 GMC Sierra K1500 pickup southbound on Highway 85. The truck left the roadway, went into the ditch, and rolled.
Pullen was arrested April 15 and court documents say he is free on $10,000 bond.
Pullen will make his initial court appearance at May 2.