A man accused of striking and killing a motorist standing outside his car after it broke down on Interstate 84 east of Boise pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Patrick R. Musgrove entered the plea during a brief hearing before Ada County District Judge Cheri Copsey. The judge set trial for Feb. 1.
Winters Wareagle, 23, was killed early on Aug. 16 after his car broke down near Milepost 68, about 15 miles east of the Boise Airport.
An Idaho State Police trooper testified late last month at a preliminary hearing that Musgrove, 28, told him he drank several beers while celebrating a friend’s birthday at two downtown Boise bars and then drank two more at home before heading east on the freeway.
The victim’s body was found in the middle of the eastbound slow lane. He was dead when the trooper arrived.
Musgrove was sitting in the front seat of his car. The trooper said Musgrove smelled of alcohol and his eyes were red and glassy. He told the trooper he had been speeding.
A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .15 percent, nearly double Idaho’s .08 percent rate of intoxication for drivers.