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The man accused of causing a wrong-way crash on Interstate 69 in Pike County February 12th now faces several formal charges stemming from the triple-fatal collision.

Investigators believe 48-year old Brian Paquette of Newport News, Virginia, was under the influence of meth when he was driving the wrong way on I-69 the evening of Friday February 12th. 12 felony charges were levied against  Paquette February 16th.

Three people who were in two different vehicles struck by Paquette’s SUV authorities say was traveling the wrong way died from their injuries, including 21-year old Autumn Kapperman of Boonville who was pregnant

One of the charges against Paquette is for involuntary manslaughter causing the death of a fetus. The other 11 counts against him include: three counts each of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, resisting law enforcement causing death, and reckless homicide, as well as one count of both operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and causing a serious injury and possession of methamphetamine.

The collision happened near the 49 mile-marker just north of the Petersburg exit.

Paquette was lodged in Pike County jail following his release from the hospital.

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