A trial started this week for Cameron Holaday of Alamo in district court in Pioche.
District Attorney Daniel Hooge said Holaday is charged with driving under the influence resulting in death. Forty-year-old Christy Kelley died in a traffic accident Feb. 17, 2015 in a collision with a semi-truck a little south of Alamo on U.S. 93.
Hooge reported the allegations are that Holaday was driving while under the influence of SPICE, also known as synthetic marijuana.
The Record reported the accident happened near the turnoff to the Buckhorn Ranch about 9 p.m. that night. Holaday’s 1997 Acura was northbound when it collided with a 2007 Peterbilt truck hauling a load of onions.
Nevada Highway Patrol said the southbound truck steered to the left to avoid the collision but the right front of the Acura hit the left front of the Peterbilt. Kelley was pronounced dead at the scene. The 47-year driver of the Peterbilt was unharmed and was not charged.
Holaday was flown to UMC Trauma Center where he spent time recovering from his own injuries.
Hooge said the trial is expected to last only this week. Holaday faces a mandatory prison sentence of between 2-20 years if convicted. He is being represented by County Public Defender Dylan Frehner.
Caliente murder trial delayed
In other news, Hooge said the murder trial of Jerry Elbert Hudson, accused of murdering 64-year-old Carol Ann Hullinger of Caliente May 24, 2015, has been postponed to September, 2017.
It had been scheduled to take place this next February, Hooge said, “but the medical examiner had a conflict and we had to push it back.”
Hudson is currently housed at the Lincoln County Detention Center. He was arrested June 17, 2015, in Las Vegas after an extensive investigation by the Criminal Apprehension Team Task Force.
In February, 2016, Hudson pleaded not guilty to charges of home invasion, sexual assault and murder. Hooge said at the time of the appearance before District Judge Gary Fairman Feb. 26 in Pioche, he would not seek the death penalty, although Hudson could face to up to 35 years in prison if convicted.