PRINCETON — The trial of an Iowa truck driver facing felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide is rescheduled to June 25.
Gibson Superior Court Judge Robert Krieg issued an order Monday granting defense attorney Shaunda Lynch's request for a continuance in the case of Kent A. Hayenga, 68, Linn Grove, Iowa. Hayenga was charged in June, 2017 in connection with the May 6, 2017 crash at U.S. 41’s traffic signal at the County Road 100 West intersection. Hayenga’s southbound semi-trailer hit the back of a sport utility vehicle driven by Devin Cyr, 20, of Remington, who was killed in the crash, and a car driven by Dylan Barnes, 22, Mount Carmel, who was injured.
Each felony charge carries a potential sentencing range from two to six years in prison if he is convicted.
Hayenga is free on $3,000 bond. The original trial date was April 11.
Judge Krieg set a final pre-trial conference for 9 a.m. May 17.
In addition to the felony counts of manslaughter and reckless homicide, Hayenga faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and infractions for driving too fast for conditions, failure to comply with federal motor carrier safety regulations and exceeding maximum weight limit on a heavy-duty highway.