Suspected Drunk Driver Arraigned In Deadly K-18 Collision

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas State University graduate student charged in an accident on K-18 that left two dead and several others injuries was arraigned in Riley County District Court Monday.

Miles Theurer, 24, pleaded not guilty to two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and two counts of Aggravated Battery during his formal arraignment after waiving his preliminary hearing before Judge John Bosch. WIBW's cameras were not allowed inside the hearing.

Theurer was arrested at the Riley County Police Department on Thursday, September 20, 2012 on a Riley County District Court warrant, several months after being involved in the deadly head-on collision.

The accident occurred on Monday, May 14, 2012 on K-18 near Scenic Drive in Riley County, two miles west of the city limits of Manhattan. Due to road construction on the highway, traffic has been reduced to two lanes with opposing traffic traveling directly next to each other.

The crash involved two cars- a 2003 Chevy Silverado which was occupied by four people and driven by Theurer and a 2001 Buick LeSabre which was occupied by a couple- 31-year-old Elizabeth Young from White City, Kansas (the driver) and 32-year-old Michael Stanley from Ogden.

Troopers say around 3 AM that morning, Theurer's Chevy Silverado truck crossed over the center line and was going the wrong way eastbound in the westbound lanes of K-18. He ended up striking Young's car (that was going west on K-18) head on. Young and Stanley died at the scene. The states alleges that Theurer had been had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher at the time of the crash and "unintentionally killed" the couple.

Theurer, along with three other passengers in his truck, were taken to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan with injuries after the crash. Two of the passengers were later transported to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka with serious injuries. Theurer's Aggravated Battery charges stem from the injuries Lance Schmidt and Andrew Mason received.

Troopers reconstructed the accident scene during their investigation and once the reports and tests were complete, they presented their findings to the Riley County Attorney's Office, resulting in the warrant and Theurer's arrest four months later.

He is out of jail on $50,000 bond.

Kansas State University's website lists Theurer as a graduate PhD student in Veterinary Medicine. Officials said the other three men in the truck with him were also students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Theurer's permanent address is listed in Wellington, Kansas but arrest records list a local address for him in Manhattan.

A hearing in the case has been set for April 9, 2013 before his trial, which is scheduled to start May 7, 2013 at the Riley County Courthouse.


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