A 22-year-old Kansas University student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second offense of DUI in a case filed in connection with an Aug. 26 accident that cost another student his legs.
Julian Kuszmaul, who appeared Tuesday afternoon in Douglas County District Court, also is charged with drug possession and following a vehicle too closely.
Test results showed Kuszmaul's blood-alcohol was 0.25 — three times the legal limit of 0.08 — when his Ford Explorer struck and pinned 18-year-old Colby Liston between Kuszmaul's vehicle and another. The vehicle Liston was standing behind was illegally parked in a driving lane of the 1600 block of Tennessee Street. Following the accident, both of Liston's legs were amputated above the knee.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson has said state law would not permit his office to file more serious charges.
Kuszmaul could face up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor DUI charge. Bond was set Tuesday at $1,500 and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 5.
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