Fatal accident trial postponed in Esky

ESCANABA – A trial that was scheduled to begin in Escanaba today, regarding a double fatality in 2013, was postponed until April because the defense attorney had other court obligations downstate.

The five-day trial of defendant Harley Davidson Durocher, 25, of Gwinn, was rescheduled for April 21-25 in Delta County Circuit Court because his downstate lawyer has to attend federal court proceedings that were not anticipated, according to the local court.

Durocher is charged with six 15-year felonies in connection with the deaths of Thomas Swift, 73, and his wife, Barbara Swift, 73, last spring.

Durocher was driving a logging truck on March 20 when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of U.S. 2 & 41/M-35 and South Hill Road in Gladstone where he collided with the couple’s car.

Thomas was killed in the accident and Barbara died from her injuries four days later. Durocher was not injured in the crash.

Durocher is charged with two counts of reckless driving causing death, two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license causing death, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle with the presence of a controlled substance (marijuana) causing death.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net