Red Bull in evidence at vehicular homicide trial 

Inside the cab and in the bed of Justin Klingensmith’s wrecked Ford F-150 were a number of empty Red Bull and Mountain Dew containers.

During Klingensmith’s two-day vehicular homicide trial in York County court, the attorneys debated the purpose of Red Bull.

Klingensmith testified he had one in the hours before the crash and that he drank it because he liked the taste.

Vehicular crimes prosecutor Jared Mellott told the jury the crash that killed Melissa Allison occurred after Klingensmith, “had how many energy drinks” to combat his fatigue.

He suggested the jury find Klingensmith’s claim he liked the taste of Red Bull to be “nonsensical.”

Mellott admitted he has never had a Red Bull, preferring coffee as his source of caffeine.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Frank Arcuri brushed aside the prosecution’s implication that there is only one reason to drink Red Bull – to stay awake.

“It’s just another soda,” Arcuri said, “an energy drink.”

About Rick Lee

Rick Lee is a veteran courthouse reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Contact him at rlee@ydr.com or call 495-1782.
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