New trial date for former Logan woman charged in connection with fatal traffic accident

LOGAN — A new trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter case for Eska M. Bird. The 42-year-old former Logan woman is accused of automobile homicide in the death of her husband.

Bird appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She’s been charged with one count of manslaughter, a first-degree felony, eight counts of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor and an infraction, for failing to have proof of insurance.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler told the court they had received new evidence in the case but with the trial originally scheduled for June 15, he needed additional time to request specialists to testify. He asked the court for a later date.

Judge Brian Cannell rescheduled the two-day jury trial to begin September 28. He also ordered Bird to appear again in court on August 29 for final pretrial conference.

Police report on October 28, Bird was driving south on Main Street in Smithfield when her vehicle went into oncoming traffic near 850 South. She hit three other vehicles, one that broad-sided Bird’s vehicle on the passenger side, causing significant injuries to her husband, 52-year-old William Bird.

Five people, including William, were taken to hospitals. He later died on November 26 from his injuries. Eska Bird was not injured and allegedly tested positive for prescription medications.

In February, Bird was taken into custody by police in Pocatello, during a traffic stop, after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was later extradited back to Cache County, where she was being held on $15,000 bail.

Bird is currently on pretrial supervision after Judge Cannall previously lowered her bail to $7,500. He has ordered her to remain in the county and not use any drugs or alcohol. She is also not allowed to operate a vehicle.

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