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Man charged in fatal crash that claimed the lives of 2 Scottsbluff teens back in court

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The driver charged in a January fatal accident that claimed the lives of two young women from Scottsbluff was back in court this morning in Goshen Circuit Court for his Preliminary hearing..

22-year-old Ethan Kaufman is charged with two counts of aggravated homicide by vehicle, and two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury.

Prosecuting attorney Patrick Korell say Kaufman crashed the truck he was driving, killing passengers Alexis Wheeler and Hallie Anderson, and seriously injuring Tyler Hill and Stetson Allen.

This morning, Wyoming Highway Trooper Anthony Badura gave testimony of what he saw in the early hours of January 10th at the scene of the crash.

Badura explained that data from the vehicles airbag module clocked the vehicle going 99 miles per hour when Kaufman hit the brakes, and vehicle was going 57 miles per hour when the airbags were deployed when the truck crashed.

At least five different people placed Kaufman as the driver of the vehicle when the truck crashed, and a blood sample taken 2 hours after the crash showed Kaufman's B.A.C. was .08.

Trooper Badura also gave updates on the two male crash victims. Tyler Hill was in a medically induced coma, and had to have a portion of his skull removed due to swelling of the brain. Stetson Allen suffered a broken right shoulder-blade, broken toe, and required knee surgery.

All four charges are felonies, and if convicted, Kaufman could face up to 60 years in prison.

Alcohol, high speeds, and texting while driving are all said to be possible reasons for the crash.

Judge Randal Arp sent the case over to District Court, but no court date has been set.

Kaufman's public defender Eric Palen had also asked the judge to reduce the daily requirement of two urine tests down to one. But due to logistics at this point, both the parties are working on a resolution to that request.

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