A Dubuque man pleaded not guilty to killing a Bellevue woman and her unborn child while allegedly driving while drunk.
John Hoffman, 70, was charged in Dubuque County District Court with homicide by vehicle, nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy, and serious injury by vehicle in relation to the crash that killed Hannah Ruggeberg, who was 28 weeks pregnant at the time.
The Ruggeberg family of Bellevue, along with friends, filled a courtroom for the hearing for the man who is accused of crashing into Ruggeberg’s vehicle, killing her and her unborn child last November.
Police reports allege that an intoxicated Hoffman was driving north in the wrong lane on U.S. 52 near Bradel Cove Road when he struck Ruggeberg’s vehicle Nov. 9.
Hoffman appeared for his hearing and entered the not-guilty plea via closed-circuit TV from the Dubuque County Jail.
His trial is scheduled to begin sometime in late March.
Court documents stated that Hoffman’s blood alcohol content measured 0.135 two hours after the crash — well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.