Hall faces four felony counts in deadly traffic accident

Updated: June 14, 2005, 10:28 PM ET
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- A Boise State player, who faces four felony counts in a traffic accident that killed a family of three, will not be on the field this fall.

Cam Hall, a 22-year-old senior strong safety from Kennewick, Wash., said Tuesday he'll continue classes at BSU and will turn up for practice. But he's withdrawing from competition on the team that finished 11-1 last season. Boise State's first loss of the season, to Louisville in the Liberty Bowl, dropped the team to No. 12 in the AP poll.

"I feel this is the best decision for my teammates," Hall said.

School officials said he made the right decision and will keep his scholarship.

Hall faces a preliminary hearing July 21.

Prosecutors allege Hall was racing his black Ford Mustang on May 7 at speeds of more than 100 mph on State Highway 55 between Boise and Horseshoe Bend, trying to pass a truck driven by another man, Mark Lazinka.

Lazinka's truck slammed into a Subaru, killing driver Tony Perfect, 23, his wife, Stephanie, also 23, and their 5-week-old daughter, Zoe.

Hall, whose car allegedly avoided the collision by moving into the opposing lane, didn't stop, prosecutors said. He's charged with three counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of the accident. He was released from jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

Lazinka remains in jail on three charges of vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors allege he had a blood alcohol level more than twice Idaho's 0.08 legal intoxication threshold.


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