Trial for deadly crash suspect Katie Summers pushed back to December
KENNEWICK, Wash. — The trial for deadly crash suspect Katie Summers has been pushed back to December.
Summers was charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run after hitting a man on a moped with her pickup at the intersection of Clearwater Avenue and Edison Street on Aug. 21, 2018, according to Kennewick police.
Police said Summers was taking a left turn onto Edison from Clearwater when she failed to yield for oncoming traffic and struck 30-year-old Leonel Birrueta, knocking him off his bike.
Birrueta was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her trial was previously scheduled for September after being pushed back multiple times. It is now scheduled for Dec. 9.
In court Thursday, Summers’ defense asked for two extra months, arguing that her case is complex and pushing back trial a year isn’t uncommon her similar cases.
The prosecution said her defense made last-minute decisions that should have been made sooner.
A judge agreed with the defense that the case is complex and allowed them more time before trial.
The defense then requested for bail to be reduced from $50,000 to $15,000. The judge said that bail had already been reduced from $500,000 and denied the request.
Summers has been out of jail on bond since last year.