Ex-soldier involved in fatal crash pleads insanity

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A former Fort Carson soldier charged in a three-vehicle crash in Fountain that killed a teenage boy is scheduled to undergo a mental evaluation next month after he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defense attorney Dennis Hartley tells The Gazette his client, 46-year-old Andrew Marsh, suffered a "dissociative episode" during the Sept. 23 crash. He says Marsh suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury after being involved in a roadside bomb explosion while serving as a combat medic in Iraq.

Authorities say Marsh rear-ended a car with his truck, killing 13-year-old Jamie Steckler. Marsh, who is free on $50,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court Sept. 25.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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