Family Of Riley Co. Crash Victim Sues Suspected Drunk Driver

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Kansas State University graduate student charged in an accident on K-18 that left two people dead is being sued by the family of one of the victims.

Family members of Elizabeth Young have filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit in Riley County District Court on behalf of her young daughter. They are seeking more than $75,000 in losses from Miles Theurer.

Theurer, 24, pleaded not guilty in November to two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter and two counts of Aggravated Battery stemming from the fatal 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 at the time of the accident, traffic had 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.

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 is from Wellington, Kansas.

Elizabeth Young's family says her daughter, who lives in Missouri, has suffered the loss of "comfort and companionship" and will continue to deal with the loss of "parental services, attention, care and advice" as well as the loss of financial support. The family is seeking "an amount greater than $75,000," claiming that Young's death was the result of Theurer's negligent conduct.

Theurer's trial is scheduled to start May 7, 2013 at the Riley County Courthouse. He is out of jail on bond.