Pilon’s competency hearing now Nov. 21

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A trailer filled with logs separated from the Koch Construction semi and swung across Highway 191 on the afternoon of Oct. 30, 2021, spilling full-length logs.

Still no preliminary hearing after 8 months

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The felony case of a Pinedale woman – charged in March with after an alleged deliberate collision with a logging truck and trailer the previous Halloween – is still in Sublette County’s Circuit Court.

Natalie R. Pilon, who has moved with court permission to Billings, Montana, has not appeared in court yet for her preliminary hearing, with the latest court action by her attorneys John LaBuda and Rives White being a request for Pilon’s mental competency evaluation.

Judge Curt Haws has set preliminary hearing dates four times and none have taken place.

The judge ordered the evaluation on Aug. 1 and Pilon’s competency hearing was set for Monday, Nov. 14, and rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Pinedale Circuit Courtroom.

On Oct. 30, 2021, Pilon was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry and crossed Highway 191 about 3 miles west of Pinedale. The car hit a full logging trailer pulled by Cayle Flugel in a 2013 Kenworth, which then overturned, sliding 300 feet and spilling logs across the highway.

Flugel was extricated, taken to the Pinedale Medical Clinic and life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Her car then bounced off the trailer and hit a Chevy Silverado driven by Kadar Criddle, who was slightly injured. Pilon was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected in the three-vehicle collision; she was life-flighted to EIRMC, where she spent months recovering.

On March 10, Sublette County Deputy Attorney Adrian Kowalski filed two charges of felony intentional or reckless aggravated assault and battery and two felony counts of property destruction, along with driving with a cell phone screen visible and not wearing a seatbelt.
Pilon was released from custody on a $250,000 signature bond.

During a Circuit Court preliminary hearing with felony charges, the judge determines if evidence supports binding a case over to 9th District Court.