Idaho man pleads not guilty in crash killing 3, injuring 2

Posted at 8:40 AM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 07:39:27-04

HAILEY, Idaho — An Idaho man has pleaded not guilty after being charged with killing three young girls in a highway car crash.

The Twin Falls Times-News reported Wednesday that 46-year-old Matthew Park was charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

Court officials say each of the felony charges carry a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine, plus an additional $5,000 fine.

Officials say Park was driving in Blaine County when he rear-ended another vehicle driven by 26-year-old Somchai Lurak.

Authorities say the August crash injured Lurak and passenger Emma Weigand, but killed a 3-year-old girl, 5-year-old girl and 6-year-old girl.

A seven-day trial has been scheduled to begin in February 2020.

Park remains in custody on $400,000 bond.