Trial For Man Accused Of Leaving Scene Of Fatal Accident Postponed Again

Cherokee, Iowa — The trial for a Northwest Iowa man accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident has been pushed back to late January 2024.

Court documents show 29-year-old Casey Herwig of Cherokee pleaded not guilty to one count of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. The plea was entered in June, when Herwig also waived his right to a speedy trial. The pretrial conference, and therefore the trial, have been pushed back six times.

Herwig’s charge stems from an accident that happened over a year ago, on the evening of December 26th, 2022. Authorities say they received a call around 8:30 p.m. regarding a bicyclist lying in an intersection. An investigation revealed Herwig allegedly struck the bicyclist with a pickup. Upon finding the vehicle, police allegedly found damage on the front of the vehicle that matched parts found at the scene of the accident.

The bicyclist was identified as Phillip Watterson of Cherokee.

At this point, barring any further delays, Herwig is scheduled to go on trial on January 23rd, 2024, in Cherokee County District Court.