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Prison for driver high on drugs who fatally hit man on Duluth sidewalk


A motorist with a history of drunken driving and who was high on a cocktail of illicit drugs when he fatally struck a man walking on a Duluth sidewalk was sentenced Monday to four years in prison.

David Andrew Smithson, 27, of Duluth, pleaded guilty this summer to driving under the influence of a controlled substance after his minivan struck and killed 37-year-old Brian Respler on Dec. 19.

With credit for time served in jail since his arrest, Smithson will spend a little more than two years in prison and serve the remainder of his term on supervised release. Smithson also was ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution for Respler’s funeral expenses.


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