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Driver Accused in Traffic Death Enters Plea

Driver Accused in Traffic Death Enters Plea



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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of abandoning his overturned pickup truck which led to the death of a nurse who stopped to check it out and was hit by an SUV has entered a plea.

Yesterday, 32-year-old Florencio Bernal-Michua entered a not guilty plea to five misdemeanor charges, including negligent homicide, failing to report an accident, and driving without insurance or a license.

Police say Bernal was at home sleeping when VerLee Hunt of Pinto was killed last month.

Authorities say Bernal's pickup was overturned on State Road 56. Officers say when Hunt stopped to check if anyone was inside the vehicle, an SUV carrying five people slammed into the truck, killing Hunt.

His next court hearing is set for February 27th.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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