BUTTE — A Butte man is charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence for a Halloween 2013 crash that killed his passenger.

Cody John Richards made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors also filed an alternative charge of negligent homicide. Richards did not enter a plea. He was released on his own recognizance.

Prosecutors allege Richards was driving a sport utility vehicle too fast for icy conditions when it went off a county road and down a steep embankment, killing 19-year-old Kiel Podgorski.

The crash injured two other passengers.

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