Man pleads not guilty in K-18 crash case

By Bryan Richardson

A Wellington man pleaded not guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless aggravated battery Monday in connection with a fatal accident on K-18 this spring. During a formal arraignment in Riley County District Court, Miles Theurer, 24, also waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Theurer, a veterinary student at Kansas State University, was arrested in September in connection with a May crash that resulted in the deaths of an engaged couple and injuries to four others, including Theurer.

Theurer is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher for the deaths of Elizabeth Young, 31, and Michael Stanley, 32. He is also charged with two counts of causing great bodily harm to Andrew Mason, 25, and Lance Schmidt, 23, passengers in his vehicle.

Kansas Highway Patrol officials reported that Theurer drove a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into a head-on collision with a Buick LeSabre driven by Young around 3 a.m. May 14. Theurer was reportedly driving eastbound in the westbound lane when his vehicle struck the LeSabre.

In addition to the deaths and injuries for which he is charged, Theurer and another passenger in his vehicle, Joseph Iliff, were also injured. The three people with Theurer were also Kansas State veterinary students.

Theurer is out on a $50,000 bond. A hearing to consider pretrial motions is set for April 9. The trial is set to begin May 7.

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