A West Union man accused of causing the death of a passenger last fall when he crashed the BMW Mini Cooper he was driving while fleeing law enforcement will go on trial in March.
Curtis Allen Williams, 38, is charged in Chickasaw County District Court with vehicular homicide (Class B felony), attempting to elude while operating while intoxicated (Class D felony), first-offense OWI (serious misdemeanor) and driving while suspended or revoked (serious misdemeanor).
He pleaded not guilty on Jan. 23. A jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. March 22.
He made his initial court appearance on Jan. 4, and bail was set at $32,000 cash only. He is in the Fayette County Jail and is being represented by a public defender.
According to the criminal complaints, at about 1:15 a.m., Sept. 26, near the intersection of Highway 63 and 300th Street, a Chickasaw County Sheriff’s deputy activated his emergency lights and tried to pull over the Mini Cooper headed south after spotting a defective tail light. The car veered onto the shoulder and slowed down, but then sped up.
The deputy activated his siren and followed the car on Hwy. 63, the complaints say. Pursuit speeds reached 105 mph in a 65 mph speed zone. The Mini Cooper failed to negotiate a curve, rolled several times and came to a rest on the passenger side near the 196 exit ramp.
The passenger, a 38-year-old Decorah man, was pronounced dead at the scene because of injuries sustained.
The deputy reported smelling alcohol on Williams’s breath and the toxicology report of a blood sample showed a 0.209 alcohol content.
At the time of the crash, Williams’s driver’s license was revoked and the Mini Cooper’s registration was expired.