A 26-year-old Texas man pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of vehicular homicide.
Corey Brooks Jay appeared for arraignment before District Judge Susan Watters by video from the county jail on charges related to a wreck Oct. 2 on Interstate 90 near Zoo Drive that killed a man and woman from Missoula.
Jay also pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony criminal endangerment. Watters set his bond at $75,000. A trial will be set later.
David Hanson, 55, and Janice Thomas, 56, were killed when their car was struck head-on by a pickup truck that had crossed into oncoming traffic from the westbound lanes of the highway. Two other drivers told investigators they had had to take evasive action to avoid a collision with the pickup.
Prosecutors allege that Jay was driving the pickup with a blood-alcohol level of 0.095 percent, above the state legal limit. Jay, who was injured in the crash, moved to his mother's house in New Mexico after his release from a Billings hospital. He was arrested Dec. 19 on a warrant and was returned to Montana.