A Dec. 12 trial has been set for a Midvale man charged with driving his car into a teenager on a skateboard Oct. 10.
Miles M. Jefferson, 26, 122 E. 7060 South, was arraigned before 3rd Circuit Judge Robin W. Reese Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor, according to a court clerk.Jefferson's trial is scheduled in Murray Circuit Court before Judge Maurice Jones.
Jefferson is accused of driving the westbound car that struck Tony Lee Burr, 15, whose body was discovered about 10:30 p.m. on Bengal Boulevard near 25th East. Burr, 7437 S. 23rd East, had been skateboarding down the boulevard, which has no sidewalk, according to a probable cause statement filed with the court.
Salt Lake County sheriff's investigators found at the scene a broken turn signal cover that matched a red 1980 or 1981 Toyota Celica. Using a computer printout of county residents who own that model, investigators located Jefferson's car and questioned him about the incident. Jefferson told officers he struck something with his car, but thought it was an object on the back of a truck, according to the probable cause statement.
Lens fragments found at the scene fit Jefferson's car, and other physical evidence indicated the car that hit and killed Burr was traveling on the shoulder of the road, not in a regular traffic lane, the court document said.