GERING — A Minatare man could be tried as early as January on charges in a motor vehicle accident that killed a 21-year-old Gering man.
Drew Schmaltz, 21, of Minatare is charged with felony motor vehicular homicide, manslaughter and driving under the influence.
In court on Tuesday, Scotts Bluff County Deputy Attorney Scott Blaha and defense attorney Andrew Snyder said pretrial discovery in the case is nearly complete. Scotts Bluff County Judge Randall Lippstreu indicated that he would like to have the case tried in January.
Schmaltz was the driver in a motor vehicle accident on July 27 in which 21-year-old Taylor Magdaleno died.
Six men were in the vehicle at the time of the crash and five were thrown from the vehicle, including Magdaleno.
Court documents also say Schmaltz had a blood alcohol content of .155, nearly twice the legal limit.
— World-Herald News Service