A combined lawsuit against Andrew Schlichtemeier, the drunk driver who killed four Omaha-area motorcyclists in August 2010, has essentially been settled. Schlichtemeier offered the families of the motorcyclists the proceeds from the car insurance policies he carried at the time of the crash, and they accepted.
On August 9, 2010, the four riders were returning home from Sturgis, South Dakota, traveling southbound on Interstate 29 near Sioux, Iowa. Schlichtemeier, traveling north in a pickup truck, crossed the center line in a construction zone, striking and killing the motorcyclists.
When authorities tested his blood, they found Schlichtemeier had a blood-alcohol content of .373 percent, more than four and a half times the legal limit. The test also indicated traces of THC.
Investigators found two baggies of marijuana, eight 12-ounce cans of Bud Light, all unopened, along with an empty 40-ounce Bud Light bottle in the wreckage of his vehicle.
The families of the motorcycle accident victims originally filed separate suits against Schlichtemeier, later combining them.
A one-time University of Nebraska-Lincoln honors student, Schlichtemeier plead guilty to four counts of motor vehicle homicide in February 2011. He was later sentenced to 50 years.
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