Man pleads guilty to 2015 wreck that killed Spokane man and his two daughters

Driver in Athol crash pleads guilty

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho --- The man accused of killing a Spokane father and his two daughters when he crashed into their minivan last year pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Ryan John Turner allegedly drove the wrong way on Highway 95 near Athol in September of 2015 after drinking. Prosecutors argued his BAC was .255, three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. Prosecutors also argued Turner smelled of alcohol, had a can of beer in his car and he confessed to the crash.

The crash killed Matthew Baroni, 33, and his two daughters, 8-year-old Madilyn and 6-year-old Molly.

Officials said they are limited to recommending 10 years, fixed, in jail for Turner, plus 20 years “indeterminate.” They said the maximum penalty for each offense is 10 years so they would be recommending consecutive sentences.

At the time of his death, Baroni was driving a van with his two girls inside as he delivered newspapers for the Spokesman-Review.  He was an independent contractor for the newspaper and also worked for the Inlander in the same capacity.

Friends told KREM 2 at the time of his death that Baroni and his wife were working extra odd jobs to save up enough money to move to a nicer neighborhood. 

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