A North Liberty man and his brother had just left a bar before a motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of one of them.
That’s according to allegations filed in LaPorte Circuit Court against 22-year-old Ryan Flotow, who was charged Tuesday with Class B felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and Class A misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.
Kyle Flotow, 21, died in the early-Sunday crash on 875 East near 100 North outside Mill Creek.
The charges were leveled when Judge Tom Alevizos ruled there was sufficient evidence for Ryan Flotow to stand trial on the allegations.
About 3:30 a.m., responding emergency personnel found a heavily damaged silver 2000 Mitsubishi partially in the road. Police said the car was sitting there after hitting trees.
”It was a very unfortunate scene,” said LaPorte County Police Chief of Detectives Pat Cicero, who was among the responding officers. ”Our prayers go out to the family, of course.”
Ryan admitted to officers and witnesses that he had been drinking alcohol and expressed concern for his brother, who was already dead in the passenger seat of the vehicle, according to court records.
Ryan told officers he and his brother had recently left Little Tavern II in Rolling Prairie and had not made any stops since leaving the bar.
He also told police he was distracted by the radio and conversation with his brother, according to court documents.
Ryan, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to IU Health LaPorte Hospital, where a blood draw revealed a 0.152-percent blood alcohol level, according to court documents. He could face anywhere from a six- to 20-year sentence on the most serious offense.
Ryan was ordered held on $2,500 cash bond and is expected to be arraigned Friday.
According to his obituary, Kyle was a student at Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend.