Man accused of swerving at cyclists appears in court
A Kamas man accused of running down a cyclist in his pickup truck did not speak at his first court appearance Monday.
A. Jason Barto, 41, is charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony and two misdemeanor traffic violations. Barto, who bailed out of jail the same day he was arrested, has not returned telephone calls seeking comment.
A roll call hearing for Barto is scheduled in 3rd District Court Sept 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Barto campaigned unsuccessfully for a seat on the Kamas City Council in 2007.
He was driving a Nissan Frontier on the Mirror Lake Highway in Kamas Aug. 2 when he allegedly swerved at several bicyclists, Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden said.
At about 9:30 a.m. witnesses said Barto "had swerved at every opportunity possible at these bikers," Roden said, adding that most of the cyclists were in a race at the time.
The cyclist involved in the altercation was not charged and reportedly suffered minor cuts and scratches.
Meanwhile, Greg Skordas, an attorney who represents Barto, said his client is not a suspect in the unexplained death of Peoa resident JoAnn Krajeski, 59, who was killed in July in a bike crash on Brown’s Canyon Road.
"We haven’t talked about it, but he wasn’t involved in it," Skordas told reporters after Monday’s hearing. "Any time you’ve got an incident, the world at large is a suspect."
Troopers are still investigating the case on the Mirror Lake Highway, Skordas explained.
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