Friday, February 10, 2012

Trucker pleads not guilty in highway death

Byrus Gatewood charged with vehicular manslaughter

Express Staff Writer

Byrus L. Gatewood

Byrus Lyndon Gatewood, the man accused of accidentally killing Hailey resident Dayle Evan Fowler last year, pleaded not guilty to a felony vehicular manslaughter charge in Jerome County on Monday.

The Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has alleged in a criminal complaint that Gatewood's "gross negligence" caused Fowler's death on June 28. Gatewood, 47, of West Valley, Utah, is alleged to have been speeding through a construction zone on U.S. Highway 93 about three miles north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 25 before the accident occurred.

Investigators testified at a Jan. 6 preliminary hearing in Jerome that Fowler was outside of her car, waiting in a line of vehicles for traffic to be directed through a construction work zone when she was struck by a Volvo tractor-trailer rig driven by Gatewood.

Idaho State Police have estimated that Gatewood's vehicle was traveling nearly 64 miles per hour when it hit a line of vehicles in the construction zone.

Fowler was a well-known philanthropist in the Wood River Valley.

A jury trial has been set for May 16 in Jerome County District Court.

Tony Evans:

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