Crowheart Trial Continues
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trial continued Wednesday for the Lander man accused of driving recklessly, when he allegedly struck and killed an 11-year-old Crowheart girl last December.
William Dean Barnes stood in front of a jury today in the Fremont County courthouse. The prosecution called three witnesses along with the three Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers that responded to the scene.
Authorities say on December 20th of last year, Barnes was traveling East on U.S. Highway 26 at 57 miles-per-hour when he hit Wind River School sixth-grader Makayla Strahle as she crossed the roadway.
During the final cross examination of the day, a Highway Patrol Trooper presented the crash data retrieval equipment that was used at the scene of the accident. Evidence from the device showed that the truck that hit the girl moved another 315 feet after the initial collision. The trooper also testified that the truck was going between 50-60 miles per hour.
Barnes claims he saw one flash on the school bus that the girl was getting off of and thought that the bus was turning.
The prosecution will finish its final examinations tomorrow and the defense is expected to begin its case next week.