CASPER, Wyo. — A Mills woman whose sport utility vehicle ran into a horse-drawn wagon after a parade pleaded not guilty Friday to careless driving and following too close.
Autumn Middleton, 22, entered pleas to the misdemeanor charges during a brief appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court. She faces up to 20 days in jail if convicted.
Middleton, who remains free pending trial, spoke only to answer procedural questions and enter her pleas.
Her attorney, Don Fuller, requested a jury trial for his client. Judge Steven Brown set bond at $500.
The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to Middleton earlier this summer after an investigation found no other external factors contributed to the July 10 crash, authorities said. The investigation also showed that neither cell phone use nor drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.
Authorities say Middleton’s SUV rear-ended a covered wagon as it headed west on Yellowstone Highway after the Central Wyoming Fair parade in Casper. The impact pushed one wagon into a second wagon.
The crash injured four people and resulted in two horses being euthanized.