Attorney for Kingman man seeking expert

The attorney for a Kingman man, charged with the traffic deaths of four local commuters in February, was in Mohave County Superior Court Monday asking the court for a traffic collision expert.

Daniel Brackney is charged with four counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor extreme DUI.

The collision between Brackney's pickup truck and a 15-passenger car pool van killed Eric Ruiz, Roy Latimer, John Walker and Dan Zasadni.

The crash caused the commuter van, which was heading to the Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev., to flip over into the median on state Route 68 in Golden Valley.

Brackney's defense attorney, Bill Porter, asked Judge Richard Weiss for a traffic reconstruction expert to investigate the collision for the defense.

Weiss granted the oral motion but requested a written estimate from Porter on the cost of the expert and who it will be.

Weiss also set Brackney's omnibus hearing for May 27.

The trial date is usually set during the omnibus hearing.

Chief Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jack Zack would not comment on the exact speed that Brackney's truck was traveling.

Witnesses have told investigators that the pickup was traveling in excess of 100 mph before the collision.

Brackney's blood alcohol was tested at 0.20 two hours after the collision.

A test four hours after the collision revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.162.

In Arizona, it is illegal to drive a car with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 and above.

Brackney, 22, is being held on $250,000 bond.

Brackney and a passenger were headed eastbound on Route 68 to Kingman from Laughlin in the early morning hours of Feb.

21, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety report.

Brackney stopped the truck briefly then got back on Highway 68 heading westbound back toward Laughlin when the collision occurred near mile marker 16.

Ruiz, Latimer, Walker, all from Kingman and Zasadni of Golden Valley, along with two other passengers were commuting to the Southern California Edison plant around 6:15 a.m.

when the collision occurred.

The other passengers, Robert Mansfield and Russell Pewsey, both from Kingman, were taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Mansfield was treated and released while Pewsey was released from the hospital three days later.

Brackney and his passenger were unhurt.

The passenger was arrested for misdemeanor warrants.