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Texas man to stand trial for Utah crash that killed 3

Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 4:43 p.m. MST

David Lewis, of Saginaw, Texas, has been ordered to stand trial on three counts of manslaughter, a second-degree felony, for an Aug. 16, 2013, crash on state Route 191 that killed three people. The crash occurred about 30 miles south of Moab when Lewis tried to pass a semitrailer in a no-passing zone, Utah Highway Patrol troopers said.

Utah Highway Patrol

MONTICELLO — A Texas man accused of killing three people in a crash south of Moab has been ordered to stand trial.

Following a preliminary hearing, Judge Lyle Anderson ruled earlier this week that there was sufficient probable cause to bind David Lewis over for trial on three counts of manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

The charges stem from an Aug. 16 crash on state Route 191 in San Juan County.

Lewis, 28, of Saginaw, Texas, was driving a Nissan Maxima when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer truck in a no-passing zone and touched off a four-car pileup, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The Nissan slammed into a Hyundai in the oncoming lane, then spun down the road, where it was hit by a Cadillac. The Cadillac went off the shoulder of the road and stopped.

A Toyota traveling behind the Hyundai avoided the crash, but was struck by debris.

A father and daughter riding in Lewis' car — 54-year-old Juan Vidales and 27-year-old Stephanie Vidales — were killed in the crash.

A passenger in the Cadillac, Arthur Loewen, 69, of Perry, Ga., was killed as well. Four other people, including Stephanie Vidales' 10-year-old daughter, were injured.

A two-day jury trial in the case is set to begin July 30.

— Geoff Liesik

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