A Charlotte man is facing charges following a Saturday car crash that claimed the lives of his two passengers.

Justin Joseph Sparks will face two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication stemming from the collision that killed Jed Jeremiah Rogis, 19, of Clinton and Kristin Faye Hanrahan, 18, of Delmar.

According to a report by the Iowa State Patrol, Sparks was driving south in the 1400 block of 400th Avenue in Preston at about 2:50 a.m., when he allegedly ran a stop sign, his vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The vehicle overturned, ejecting all three occupants, none of whom were wearing seat belts.

Rogis and Hanrahan were pronounced dead at the scene, and Sparks, who admitted being the driver, was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.

Court records claim that the investigators found open containers of alcohol in the vehicle, and smelled alcohol on Sparks. A warrant was issued to obtain a blood sample from Sparks.

Following treatment for his injuries, Sparks was arrested on Monday evening. He was released later that night after posting 5 percent of a $50,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 12.

Each count of vehicular homicide is a class B felony, and carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf said he was prohibited by law from discussing certain aspects of the case, including the results of Spark’s blood-alcohol test.

All three were recent graduates of Northeast High School in Goose Lake.

Rogis, who was a student at Kirkwood Community College pursuing a welding certification, and Sparks were 2010 graduates, while Hanrahan graduated this spring. 

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