A Kansas man accused of causing a deadly crash in Lexington will stand trial in Nebraska.
Destry Swartz, 22, Coats, Kan., has been charged with vehicular homicide, fleeing to avoid arrest and drunk driving for his part in a late night accident Oct. 9.
Swartz waived his preliminary hearing on Monday, and his case was bound over to Dawson County District Court.
At 11:57 on Oct. 9 a state trooper noticed Swartz's 2004 Dodge Ram pickup violate a traffic signal at Sixth and Grant
Streets and tried to pull the pickup over. Swartz did
The police officer pursued the pickup
southbound on Highway 283. The chase lasted about six minutes until
ending abruptly when the pickup slammed into a 1995 Ford F150 pickup on
Highway 283 and Cattlemen Drive.
The impact of the collision caused the Ford
to burst into flames. The driver of the Ford pickup, Ruben Maravilla-Cortes, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither Swartz nor his 17-year-old passenger were
injured in the crash.
Swartz is being held in Dawson County on $500,000 bail.
If convicted on all counts, Swartz faces up to 30 years in prison.