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Man charged with drunk-driving death of 2-year-old girl pleads not guilty

Booking photo for David William Fincher - Deschutes County Jail photo.jpg
Deschutes County Jail photo

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Sherwood man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty.

The Bulletin reports 46-year-old David Fincher of Sherwood also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of assault, 11 counts of recklessly endangering another person, and driving under the influence.

Fincher was arrested Sept. 11 when his Toyota Tundra crashed into two other vehicles on U.S. Highway 20 near Bend.

Oregon State Police say Fincher's pickup hit a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Sarah Peterson of Bend, killing Peterson's daughter. Authorities say Peterson and other witnesses told them Fincher swerved and hit her car.

Fincher has said he doesn't know what happened.

Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was 0.253. The legal limit in Oregon is 0.08 percent.

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Information from: The Bulletin