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Semi driver expected to plead guilty in fatal Lake Elmo crash

Samuel Wayne Hicks Photo: Washington County
Samuel Wayne Hicks

April 05, 2019 04:07 PM

The driver of a semitrailer who crashed into a vehicle stopped at a red light in Lake Elmo in February 2018, killing a 54-year-old business owner and biology instructor, is expected to plead guilty to criminal vehicular homicide on Monday. 

According to a spokesperson from the Court Infomation Office, Samuel Wayne Hicks will plead guilty after initially pleading not guilty in October 2018. 

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The spokesperson said the case "had been resolved" and Monday will now include a plea hearing instead of the start of a trial in this case.

Hicks is scheduled to be in court at 8 a.m. that day.

According to the criminal complaint, Hicks allegedly had his eyes on his cell phone for eight seconds preceding the crash.

RELATED: Semi driver was looking at phone at time of fatal Lake Elmo crash, charges say

Citing footage from a camera on the semi, investigators claim Hicks made no effort to brake before striking the vehicle – which was at a complete stop at the intersection of Highway 36 and Lake Elmo Avenue – at a speed of 63 miles per hour. 

Robert Bursik of Amery, Wisconsin, was killed in the crash. Investigators said Bursik's vehicle was damaged beyond recognition, and was only later determined to be a 2015 Toyota Scion.

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