Vehicular homicide trial to take place later this month

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, February 6, 2010

A 20-year-old Lake Mills, Iowa, man will stand trial Feb. 24 on vehicular homicide charges related to a crash in Hancock County last June in which two people died.

The man, Koh Evan Tsuruta, faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of serious injury by a vehicle for the June 18, 2009, deaths of Tyler Brighton, 19, of Lake Mills, and Harlan Derr, 58, of Rudd, Iowa.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Hancock County Roads B14 and R74, just south of Forest City, Iowa.

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Brighton was one of two passengers in Tsuruta’s vehicle. Tsuruta and his second passenger, Alexander Mosby, also of Lake Mills, received serious injuries.

Derr was the driver and only occupant in the second vehicle. He and Brighton reportedly died at the scene.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Tsuruta was reportedly southbound on R74 when he failed to stop for a stop sign and broadsided the automobile driven by Derr, which was traveling westbound on B14.

His trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 in Hancock County District Court.