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Pretrial reset in July's fatal five-vehicle, high speed crash in Sioux Falls

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The pretrial hearing has been reset for the Sioux Falls man accused of killing a motorcyclist during a high speed crash in July.

The new pretrial hearing for Brent O'Neal, 21, is set for November 5. The judge in the case said it is being reset because due to the scope and enormity of the case there is not enough time to prepare for jury.

The prosecution has requested 21 items of evidence, but the defense has not received certain evidence yet.

KSFY News learned Thursday, reports from an investigator are still missing and the state admitted there was some miscommunication when videos were ordered. Two copies were given to the state and none were given to the defense.

The defense also retained an expert witness and requested specific information that the state said it has not even received. Some of the items requested is information only traffic investigators would understand.

Brent O'Neal faces 1st and 2nd Degree Manslaughter charges for allegedly causing the crash that killed motorcyclist Philip Sorensen, 33, of Sioux Falls. O'Neal is out on bond.

According to the Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office, 1st Degree Manslaughter is a Class C felony, punishable with up to life in prison, and 2nd Degree Manslaughter is a Class 4 felony, punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

The fatal crash happened Wednesday July 25. Sioux Falls police say O'Neal was driving a Chrysler 300 south on Minnesota Avenue at about 60 mph and was later found to be texting at the time of the crash. The Chrysler was in the outside lane and had drifted into the inside lane, striking a Nissan maxima. Police say O'Neal's Chrysler then swerved to the left and struck a Ford in the northbound-inside lane.

However, the accident did not stop there. Sioux Falls police say O'Neal's Chrysler, still in the northbound lane, continued south and struck a Ford mini-van. Immediately after striking the van, the Chrysler ran into a motorcycle and continued traveling southeast into the intersection.

O'Neal's Chrysler continued to travel across the northbound lane and hit a light pole on the southeast corner of the intersection. The vehicle continued to drive through some bushes and some landscaping before coming to a rest in the Walgreens parking lot.

Sioux Falls police say when the car stopped O'Neal got out of his car and ran away from the scene. However, witnesses followed the driver and police found O'Neal at the corner of 24th Street and 1St Avenue.

KSFY News will continue to monitor the case. Stay with KSFY News for updates.


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