Preliminary hearing set for wrong-way driver accused of automobile homicide
July 6, 2016
Stuart Riley Miller, the South Summit man accused of driving the wrong way along Interstate 80 and killing a Park City woman in May, made another appearance this week in Third District Court.
Miller, 31, of Kamas, is facing one count of automobile homicide, a second-degree felony, and open container, a Class C misdemeanor. Automobile homicide, the most serious charge, carries a sentence of one-to-15 years in prison upon conviction.
Monday, Miller appeared in Summit County's Third District Court before Judge Paige Petersen. He has retained Justin Pratt, a partner with Intermountain Legal in Salt Lake City, as his attorney.
Petersen set a preliminary hearing for Miller on Aug. 29, where evidence will be presented in court. Petersen could also decide whether to bind the case over for trial.
"We may still waive the hearing, but we scheduled it so we have that option," Pratt said. "We are still working closely with the prosecutor on this case to see what we can do."
Miller is being held in the Summit County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bail. His bail was set at that amount because of the "serious nature of the offense creates an increased risk that the defendant will flee the jurisdiction," according to court documents.
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"As of now we have received everything we are going to receive at this point," said Rayan Stack, Summit County prosecuting attorney. "It's a serious and complicated case. He has the right to a speedy trial and so does the victim's family."
When asked if any discussions had taken place about a plea deal, Stack said "we are still in the preliminary phases of those types of conversations."
"As we look at some of the information, we realize there may be some other things we need to look into," Stack said. "Right now we agreed it is appropriate to move forward with the hearing."
Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested Miller on May 30 after he crashed into a Saturn Vue, driven by Amanda K. Streit, 39, of Park City, while driving traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. Streit was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A blood test conducted by Park City Medical Center after the accident revealed Miller had a blood-alcohol concentration of .279 grams per deciliter of blood. The legal limit is .08. According to court documents, law enforcement officials found a small, half-empty bottle of Jim Beam bourbon in his vehicle, which Miller admitted to drinking while driving.
Friends remembered Streit, who had worked with the National Ability Center and Chrysalis working with adults with disabilities, as an optimistic and athletic woman.
When Miller made his first court appearance in April, members of Streit's family held up her picture.