Donald Bass Jr. is facing criminal charges after hitting and killing Samantha M. Coyle while she was crossing the street in mid-August. (Courtesy: Eau Claire County Jail)
Samantha Coyle died in the hospital five days after being hit in a crosswalk on Menomonie Street. (Courtesy: Smith Funeral Chapel)
UPDATE: Eau Claire (WQOW) - Trial was set Thursday for an Eau Claire driver charged with hitting and killing a pedestrian in August 2017.
Samantha Coyle, 18, died several days after she was struck while walking across Menomonie Street.
Donald Bass Jr. told police he turned his head to look at people outside Dairy Queen, and when he looked back, Coyle was in the crosswalk, talking on her cell phone. He said he tried to stop but couldn't.
Thursday in court, Bass pleaded not guilty to causing death while driving with a revoked license.
Donald Bass Jr., of Eau Claire, told police officers he turned his head to look at several people outside of the Dairy Queen on Menomonie Street. He said when he looked back to the road, Samantha Coyle, 18, was in the crosswalk, talking on her cell phone. Bass Jr. told police he tried to stop but couldn't.
Coyle died at an Eau Claire hospital five days after she was hit in the crosswalk.
Bass was charged on Wednesday with causing death while driving with a revoked license. If convicted, the maximum penalty is six years in prison.
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