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Boise woman arrested after deadly crash to stand trial in October

Natalie Hodson pleaded not guilty last December to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges related to the crash that killed Kristina Rowley.

BOISE, Idaho — Editor's note: Story updated to reflect change in trial date, which was originally scheduled for May 2023.

The Boise woman charged with two felonies after the crash that killed a Cascade woman in August along Idaho Highway 55 is scheduled to go on trial in October.

Natalie Hodson, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, to vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.

The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that the night of Aug. 8, Hodson was driving under the influence of alcohol when she struck Kristina Rowley, and that Hodson failed to stop and render aid or provide information. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said after Hodson’s arrest that she pulled over shortly after a witness to the crash began following her.

After Hodson entered not-guilty pleas to the charges against her, Judge Lynn Norton scheduled a trial to begin May 22.However, in a status conference on March 9, Hodson waived her right to a speedy trial. In a hearing the following week, her trial was reset for Oct. 30, 2023.

Hodson posted a $50,000 bond after her arrest in August, and remains free before trial. Conditions of her pretrial release now include remaining in Ada, Boise or Custer counties unless she needs to travel through another county to or from treatment; no contact with the victim’s family members; no driving; no possession or use of illegal drugs or alcohol; and notifying her attorney of any change in address, email address or telephone number. That’s in addition to attending all court appearances and not committing any new crimes.

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