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Driver in fatal bus stop crash pleads not guilty

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Steve Marcus

Gary Lee Hosey Jr., the suspected driver of a car that crashed into a bus stop on Spring Mountain Road Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, makes an initial appearance at the Regional Justice Center Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Attorney Caitlyn McAmis is at right. Four people died and eight were injured in the accident.

Gary Lee Hosey Jr. Makes Initial Appearance

Gary Lee Hosey Jr., the suspected driver of the car that crashed into the bus stop on Spring Mountain Road Thursday, enters the courtroom for an initial appearance at the Regional Justice Center Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Four people died and eight were injured in the accident. Launch slideshow »

Gary Hosey, the man accused of driving drunk into a bus stop and killing four people, pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial during a hearing Wednesday morning in Clark County District Court.

The jury trial for Hosey, 24, was scheduled for April 1. Hosey has been charged with four counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in death and five counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol resulting in substantial bodily harm, according to a criminal complaint.

Public defenders Abel Yanez and Benard H. Little also confirmed they will represent Hosey. Defense attorneys Dayvid Figler and Kristina Wildeveld previously represented Hosey, but their hired representation became too expensive for his family.

Hosey’s arraignment was delayed two weeks ago as Yanez and Little reviewed whether any potential conflicts of interest prohibited them from defending him. The Public Defender’s Office previously represented two of the victims injured in the crash, as well as two witnesses, Yanez said during the Nov. 21 hearing.

Metro Police say Hosey, who remains in the Clark County Detention Center on $4 million bail, was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling at a high rate of speed the morning of Sept. 13. Hosey apparently lost control while on Spring Mountain Road near Decatur Boulevard and struck the bus stop.

Four people waiting at the bus stop died: Hyon Cooley, Johnni Garner, Margoth Gonzalez and Gerber Ayala-Tomasino.

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