Crash trial delayed |

Crash trial delayed

A Grass Valley-area man’s vehicular manslaughter trial was postponed roughly 11 weeks due to a scheduling conflict in Nevada County Superior Court.

Raymond P. Herve’s trial was supposed to start Tuesday, Herve’s 46th birthday. But a welfare-fraud case filed in 1999 took precedence, so Herve’s case was bumped to May 14, Deputy District Attorney Dave Walters said.

“I know that neither of us wanted a continuance, but it wasn’t our choice,” Walters said of himself and Herve’s lawyer, Ron Lange of Grass Valley.

Lange couldn’t be reached for comment.

Herve is accused of taking part in a fatal Highway 20 crash March 7 west of Grass Valley.

Herve and his co-defendant, Bruce D. Kirkpatrick of Nevada City, allegedly raced westbound before Kirkpatrick skidded into the oncoming lane, killing 22-year-old Jesse Roberts of Grass Valley.

Kirkpatrick has since been deemed incompetent to stand trial because of head injuries sustained in the crash.

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