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Firefighter accused of killing colleague on scene formally charged

Colby Blake was charged with causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent


By FireRescue1 Staff

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. — A volunteer firefighter has been charged with drunk driving after an incident that caused the death of another firefighter.

Washington Times Herald reported that Colby Blake was charged with causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent. A preliminary plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

Blake was responding as a volunteer firefighter when he failed to reduce his speed as he approached a crash scene, striking the rear driver side of a fellow firefighter's parked vehicle.

Blake's vehicle struck another firefighter's vehicle parked on the shoulder; firefighter Kendall Murphy was fatally struck. Blake's vehicle hit a third vehicle belonging to another responder before coming to a stop.

A breathalyzer test was administered at the scene and Blake measured 0.184 percent. A blood test at the hospital showed a blood alcohol level of 0.219.

Blake is being held on $50,000 cash bond only. A hearing has been set for Jan. 2, 2018. The case is set for trial on March 20.

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