Hayenga pleads to reckless homicide charge

September 20, 2018

PRINCETON, Ind. — An Iowa truck driver offered his intent this week to plead guilty to a felony count of reckless homicide in connection with a fatal 2017 crash on U.S. 41.

According to Gibson Superior Court records, Kent A. Hayenga, 68, of Linn Grove, Iowa, appeared in court Tuesday, offering his intent to plead guilty to the charge, with sentencing to be left to the court.

Hayenga was originally charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide in connection with the May 6, 2017, crash at U.S. 41’s traffic signal at County Road 100 West.

His southbound semi-trailer hit the back of a sport utility vehicle driven by Devin Cyr, 20, of Remington, Indiana, who was killed in the crash, and a car driven by Dylan Barnes, 22, Mount Carmel, who was injured.

Hayenga was also charged with a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and infractions for driving too fast for conditions, failure to comply with federal motor carrier safety regulations and exceeding maximum weight limit on a heavy-duty highway.

In Tuesday’s hearing, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the other charges upon Hayenga’s sentencing, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 7. Judge Robert Krieg ordered a pre-sentence investigation report.

Hayenga remains free on $3,000 bond, pending sentencing.

The level 5 felony count of reckless homicide carries a potential sentence of one to six years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

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