Woman pleads not guilty in vehicular manslaughter case involving 5-year-old

Woman pleads not guilty in vehicular manslaughter case involving 5-year-old

Dan and LInda Strauss

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 4:06 AM

BOISE -- The Star woman arrested for the crash that killed a five-year-old boy back in June is set to stand trial next March.

On Tuesday, 42-year-old Helen Burgess pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and aggravated DUI in the death of 5-year-old Alvin Strauss.

Prosecutors say toxicology tests showed Burgess had several prescription medications in her system when her SUV rear-ended the Strauss family's minivan on Highway 44.

Police say Burgess was traveling at highway speed.

The 5-year-old died of his injuries shortly after the crash.

A jury trial is set to begin on March 18th.

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