|Kaufman to stand trial|
|February 14, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Ethan Kaufman of Cheyenne, Wyo., charged with the fatal rollover that killed two Scottsbluff teenagers, is scheduled for arraignment in Goshen County District Court on Feb. 20.
During his Feb. 8 preliminary hearing, the 22-year-old Kaufman was charged with two counts of aggravated homicide by vehicle in the rollover accident that took the lives of Hallie Anderson, 19 and Alexis Wheeler, 18, both of Scottsbluff. The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 9 just west of the Wyoming/Nebraska state line.
Two other passengers in Kaufman’s pickup, Tyler Hill of Lyman and Stetson Allen of Morrill, were injured in the accident. Kaufman was also charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury.
Data retrieved from the vehicle revealed that Kaufman’s pickup was traveling at 99 mph when he lost control and left the road. About 600 feet from the highway, the pickup hit an embankment at 57 mph before over. Kaufman was given a blood alcohol test two hours after the accident, which showed he was legally intoxicated.
Charges will be read during Kaufman’s arraignment and a plea will be entered. A trial date will then be scheduled. If convicted on all four counts of the charge, Kaufman could face up to 60 years in prison.