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ELDORA – Trial has been tentatively set for August for a man accused of leaving the scene after hitting a Minnesota man who was walking along the road in 2015.

Nikolas Andrew Stephens, 29, of Iowa Falls, is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony, in the crash that killed 23-year-old Timothy Steven Nussbaum of Hutchinson, Minn.

Trial had originally been sent for April, but it was postponed in March to allow more time to prepare for court.

Nussbaum had been in Iowa on a construction job at a farm, and he was walking on the shoulder of Highway 65 north of Iowa Falls to return to his hotel room. He was near the Scenic Inn when a Ford Ranger pickup truck struck him from behind at about 9:25 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2015, according to authorities.

Investigators allege the driver, Stephens, pulled over but was unable to restart his engine, so he called a family member to pick him up. Others helped him push the truck to a parking lot north of the crash scene, and he and the relative left for the Des Moines area to hide out, court records state.

After authorities discovered Nussbaum’s body in a ditch and the truck, they were unable to locate Stephens, records state. Stephen provided a written statement through his attorney five days later.

A technical accident investigator with the Iowa State Patrol determined where Nussbaum had fallen on the gravel shoulder following the crash and opined that the body had been moved, court records state.

Stephens was arrested in September 2016 and remains free pending trial.


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