Tests find alcohol, medications in driver’s blood

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) The Kansas Highway Patrol says a driver involved in a triple fatality accident in Leavenworth County had alcohol and medication in his system.

The patrol says 30-year-old Matthew Allen Nuzik’s blood-alcohol content after the Oct. 4, 2010 accident was 0.123 percent. The legal limit is 0.08.

Nuzik, of Basehor, died after a head-on collision on Kansas 32. Two University of Kansas students in the second car, 21-year-old Jake Henry and 22-year-old Stephanie Conn, also died. Henry was driving and the tests found no alcohol or drugs in his system.

A witness told troopers that Nuzik had about five shots of vodka over a seven-hour period in Lawrence before driving to Basehor. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a drug screen found anxiety medication in Nuzik’s blood.

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