Attorneys said last week that the June 10 trial in a Pasco vehicular homicide case likely will be delayed, though they weren’t prepared to set a new date.
Miguel Paniagua, 23, is charged in the April 2 death of a Kennewick father following a hit-and-run crash on Sylvester Street at Road 36.
In addition to the vehicular homicide, Paniagua’s charges in Franklin County Superior Court include attempting to elude police, first-degree unlawful possession of a gun and failing to stop and identify at the scene of an injury accident.
Deputy Prosecutor Frank Jenny told the court that reports and other documents in the case are “quite voluminous” and that his office has been providing them to the defense.
Peyman Younesi, who represents Paniagua, said they want to set a certain date for the trial, instead of picking something that will be tentative.
They plan to schedule another hearing before Judge Vic VanderSchoor in the next two weeks to make it official.
Younesi told the Herald that he’s been given 40 to 45 CDs of evidence reports, and he needs to fully investigate them before a trial.
Younesi said he understands the community wants a quick resolution and justice for the family of Jason Edward Smith, but asked that people “just give (the case) its due process.”
Smith, 36, was on his way to the post office when his car was broadsided by a pickup. He was rushed to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, where he died a couple of hours later.
Paniagua reportedly was fleeing from an attempted traffic stop and was driving at speeds over 60 mph before his pickup slammed into Smith’s car, documents said.
Paniagua is in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail.