PINEDALE — Two felony cases with charges of aggravated homicide by vehicle are moving through the courts.

On Thursday morning, Jade S. Jewkes pleaded not guilty to two alternative counts related to a Jan. 1 collision in Hoback Canyon that led to the death of another driver, Shane Deal, of Pinedale.

Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson charged Jewkes with aggravated homicide by vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more, as well as intoxication rendering Jewkes incapable of driving safely.

Although she could only be convicted of one “alternative” charge, Jewkes pleaded not guilty to them separately, as well as to a misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated.

Jewkes is released on $150,000 cash or surety bond. She requested a jury trial.

Two other aggravated homicide by vehicle charges, filed Jan. 27, accuse Alex W. Smith, of Santa Cruz, California, of driving impaired to a degree rendering him incapable of safely driving, related to the July 14, 2020, fatal collision with Colorado resident Gerald Fagerhaug on Highway 191 near the Hoback Rim.

Smith was life-flighted with massive injuries.

Smith is also charged with the alternative charge of aggravated homicide by vehicle while driving recklessly. He turned himself in and paid a $250,000 cash or surety bond set in Circuit Court on March 17. Smith’s preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. April 19 in Circuit Court.

All aggravated homicide by vehicle charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and $10,000 fines.

— Wyoming News Exchange

Contact Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington at 732-7078 or

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