Motor vehicle homicide case continued a second time

February 18, 2017 GMT

Court documents indicate the trial of a Mitchell man charged in an Aug. 20, 2016, fatal accident will be continued to May.

Joshua Bolzer, 23, of Mitchell, faces trial on a charge of motor vehicle homicide, a Class IIA felony, in the death of Dereon Betancur. The trial had been scheduled for the March jury term, but has now been postponed until May, according to court records filled in Scotts Bluff County District Court.

According to a filing by Bolzer’s attorney, Bell Island, defense counsel had sought the continuance to continue reviewing discovery materials. Scotts Bluff County Judge Randall Lippstreu ruled on the motion Monday, granting the continuance. It is the second motion for a continuance granted, according to Scotts Bluff County Court records.

Bolzer had been traveling eastbound on Highway 26 the morning of Aug. 20 when he missed a turn and his vehicle left the highway. The vehicle struck a utility pole, hitting the Ice Box Liquor store. The vehicle rolled several times. The force of the collision was so severe that the vehicle’s engine and transmission were among debris scattered on the roadway.

Bolzer is accused of being under the influence of alcohol and of traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash on Highway 26.

Betancur died at the scene of the crash. Bolzer and two other passengers in the vehicle were treated for injuries.