CALDWELL-- A pretrial hearing has been postponed for a Kuna woman who was driving the school bus involved in a fatal wreck in December.
Debra Boatwright, 56, was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter after the bus was struck by a dump truck in rural Canyon County, killing 11-year-old Daniel Cook. Idaho State Police investigators say Boatwright failed to yield at a stop sign just before the collision.
Boatwright sat with her hands clasped throughout the short hearing Monday, as Judge Jerold Lee agreed to push back the pretrial date. Her lawyer said he needed more time for discovery before the hearing.
Prosecutor Christopher Boyd said he wouldn't block the request to move Boatwright's hearing.
"I don't think I have the grounds to object: This is the first continuance and I'm not going to object to it," he said. "I would like to note, though, the victims in this case have gone through a lot here, and they would like a prompt response and prompt action in this case."
Four other children were hospitalized in the crash that took Daniel's life. Boatwright is due back in court Oct. 27.