Wayne Hodges, 22, of Orofino, appeared in Second District Court on Feb. 10, before Judge Gregory FitzMaurice, to concede that he fell asleep at the wheel on July 30 when his car collided with another vehicle, resulting in the death of 76-year-old Joe Armstrong, of Dufur, OR.
Wayne Hodges entered the plea of guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. Hodges was arrested following the collision on Hwy. 12 near Kamiah and is being held at the Lewis County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
In an earlier report from the Idaho State Police, Hodges was driving a 2001 Acura eastbound on Hwy. 12 when he crossed left of the center line and nearly struck a motorcyclist.
Moments later he struck a 2001 Harley-Davidson tricycle-type motorcycle head-on.
Thomas Wishard, 52, of Longview, WA, who was driving a 2001 Dodge 3500 pickup truck pulling a utility trailer, plowed into some farm equipment parked on the side of the road, in his attempt to avoid the collision.
Hodges, represented by attorney, Brennan Wright of Grangeville, and Lewis County Prosecutor Zachary Pall met in mediation on Jan. 31 with Judge Carl Kerrick presiding. A plea agreement was reached between both parties which could include 10 years in prison and fines of up to $27,000.
FitzMaurice requested a pre-sentence investigation to be completed by April 1. with sentencing scheduled for April 13 at 3 p.m.