Trial Set For Man Involved in Fatal Bus Accident
A trial is set to begin Tuesday for a Lander man accused of driving recklessly when he struck and killed an 11-year-old girl who was leaving her school bus east of Crowheart William Dean Barnes has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated vehicular homicide. He also denied misdemeanor charges of homicide by vehicle, driving too fast in foggy conditions, passing a stopped school bus that was flashing its red lights and failing to exercise due care as a driver.
Authorities say Barnes was traveling east on U.S. Highway 26 at 57 mph when he struck Wind River School sixth-grader MaKayla Marie Strahle at about 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20. She was hit while crossing the roadway. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn says the trial should last two or three days.