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Driver Who Injured Wyoming Student in Crosswalk Pleads Not Guilty

An officer inspects the scene in the White Hall Parking Lot on February 8, 2012 (Courtesy Branding Iron, taken by Edward Timmons)

The driver who crashed into a University of Wyoming student standing in a crosswalk pleaded not guilty to all three charges against him on Tuesday. Timothy R. Lund, a 21-year-old Wyotech student, is charged with driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, aggravated assault and misdemeanor wreckless driving.

On February 8th, Lund was driving an estimated 30 to 50 mph through a 20 mph speed zone when he crashed in 19-yr old Cale McCormick at the intersection of 15th and Ivinson and then crashed into vehicles in the White Hall parking lot according to the affidavit of probable cause. Lund told police he had blacked out after huffing, or inhaling two 3.5 ounce compressor air canisters of Maxell Blast Away Multi Purpose Duster, which were allegedly found in his vehicle.

If convicted on all three charges, Lund could face up to 20 years in the state penitentiary plus 6 months in county jail and overĀ $15,000 dollars in fines. The trial date is set for September 4-6. Lund is free on $50,000 bond and has been living at home in Iowa with his parents, who accompanied him in 2nd Judicial District Court.

McCormick, a 19-year-old from Lewellan, Neb., was immediately transported from Ivinson Memorial Hospital to Swedish Hospital in Denver with multiple broken bones and possible brain trauma. His mother did not want to comment on Lund’s not guilty plea, but did say that her son has a good attitude and is taking his physical therapy one day at a time. McCormick is still wheelchair bound although he has recently been able to put weight on his right leg. He is registered for classes at the University of Wyoming in the fall.

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