Video showed semi driver looking at cell phone before fatal crash, complaint says

STILLWATER, Minn. - A semi driver who crashed into a car at a Lake Elmo intersection, killing a biology instructor, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.

Samuel Hicks, of Independence, Wisconsin, appeared in Washington County court Wednesday where he entered the plea to vehicular homicide in the death of 54-year-old Robert Bursik, of Amery, Wisconsin.

A criminal complaint alleges video from the semi shows Hicks had his eyes on his cell phone in the seconds before he slammed into Bursik's vehicle at 63 mph while it was stopped at an intersection last February.

KSTP-TV says a trial for Hicks is to begin April 8.


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