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City woman to stand trial in boy’s death

Huber allegedly driving too fast before crash that killed child

CLEARFIELD — An Altoona woman will stand trial for homicide by vehicle in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy after a traffic accident in August.

Police say Jayde Renate Huber, 32, was traveling too fast as she approached a curve on Rolling Stone Road in Covington Township, Clearfield County, when she went off the left side of the road and hit a pole before stopping in the northbound lane, facing west.

The child was reportedly sitting in a booster seat directly behind the front driver’s seat. The original report from state police says the 5-year old boy died on the way to the hospital. Two 10-year-old girls who were also in the vehicle and Huber suffered minor injuries.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Huber had a suspended driver’s license at the time of the accident. An investigation determined that Huber was driving too fast to safely negotiate the curve.

“Five seconds prior to crashing, Huber was traveling between 77 and 84 miles per hour,” the criminal complaint states. Although the speed limit in that area is 55 mph, there is a sign warning motorists to slow down to 35 mph before reaching the curve.

Huber, who was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield, waived her right to a hearing on Friday according to online court documents. Her case now moves to the Court of Common Pleas.

She is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed, all felonies, as well as four traffic summaries including not driving a vehicle at a safe speed. She is free on $10,000, unsecured bail.

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