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Trial date set in 2015 fatal crash

October 3, 2018

KINGMAN — The trial in a drunk-driving case against a Bullhead City man is set to begin nearly three years after the October 2015 fatal crash.

Andrew Joseph Smith-Hartfield, 28, is charged with manslaughter, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He is being held in jail on a $250,000 bond.

With both attorneys saying Monday that they are ready for trial, Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert affirmed Smith-Hartfield’s trial to begin Oct. 17.

On Oct. 30, 2015, Smith-Hartfield was southbound on Highway 95 when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 95 and Mohave Drive and slammed into a Saturn SC2 traveling west on Mohave Drive.

Two of the three occupants of the Saturn were ejected, including Troy Urban, 22, who died at the scene. Two other occupants of the Saturn were injured, Bullhead City police reported.

Smith-Hartfield’s vehicle flipped over and he was taken to a Bullhead City hospital and treated and released. Police arrested him the next day on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Smith-Hartfield was found to be incompetent to stand trial in July 2016 and was sent to the restore to competency program in Pima County. He returned to Mohave County in April 2017 and was ruled competent to stand trial.

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