Truck driver files challenge to charges in deadly I-80 crash


An Illinois truck driver charged with nine felonies in a deadly crash on I-80 near Potter last month has yet to enter a plea.

KSID Radio in Sidney reports that Josef Slezak appeared in Cheyenne County District Court Tuesday morning where his lawyer filed a Plea in Abatement challenging the evidence at Slezak's preliminary hearing.

Slezak will be back in court on November 7 and if the challenge is upheld, Judge Derek Weimer said the charges will be dismissed.

Slezak is charged with felony manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide after he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel of his semi in the early morning hours of September 9. A family of four moving from Maryland to California was killed including a pregnant woman when the semi slammed into stopped traffic because of a previous crash.

Prosecutors believe Slezak traveled virtually straight through from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Cheyenne County prior to the accident.

Slezak continues to be held in jail on $1 million bond.

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