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Cylinder Man Enters Plea In Accident

By Staff | Aug 20, 2015

WORTHINGTON, MN A?Cylinder man has entered pleas to numerous charges related to a traffic accident in September of 2014.

Court records from the Nobles County, Minnesota District Court show that 67-year old James Lee Miller entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of Criminal Vehicular Homicide and Criminal Vehicular Operation during proceedings last week. Miller also entered a plea of not guilty to the lesser charges of Reckless Driving and Careless Driving in connection with a fatal crash between two semi tractor-trailer rigs on Sept. 19, 2014, at the intersection of Nobles County Road 35 and Minnesota State Highway 264.

The collision occurred when a semi tractor-trailer loaded with corn driven by Miller was headed east on Nobles County Road 35 when he allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection and collided with a semi tractor-trailer driven by 49-year old Charles Luze of Sioux Falls, SD.

The collision claimed the life of Charles Luze and injured his son, Samuel Luze, who was a passenger in his father’s semi at the time of the accident. Miller allegedly told investigating officers at the accident scene he had been attempting to make a phone call using a Bluetooth headset at the time of the crash.

Following the entering of his not guilty pleas, Miller is scheduled to make an appearance in the Nobles County District Court in October for a possible settlement conference in the case.