Pilon's prelim hearing postponed

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The preliminary hearing for Natalie R. Pilon, 21, is rescheduled from May 11, the fourth setting since she appeared before Sublette Circuit Court Judge Curt Haws on March 29.

Pilon is charged on with vehicular felonies related to her Oct. 30, 2021, “intentional” collision with a logging truck, causing damages and injuries to others.

Pilon attended her initial appearance in a wheelchair with private attorneys John LaBuda and Rives White. Judge Haws released her on $250,000 signature bond with strict terms and set the preliminary hearing in April, then for May 3, May 11 and now May 31 at 10 a.m. at her attorneys’ requests.

At a preliminary hearing, a judge determines if there is sufficient evidence to bind a criminal felony charge over to 9th District Court for prosecution.

Charges against her allege Pilon deliberately drove into a semi trailer loaded with full-length logs, causing injuries and damages to other drivers. Logs strewn across Highway 191 closed the road while they were cleared. Pilon was seriously injured in the collision.

She is charged twice with felony intentional or reckless aggravated assault and battery and two felony counts of property destruction. Pilon is also charged with misdemeanors of driving with a cell phone screen visible to her and not wearing a seatbelt.