A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a 20-year-old Lawrence woman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Former Haskell Indian Nations University student Joel Hernandez, 21, is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and improper passing in connection with the death of Rachel Leek.
Leek was struck while riding her bike during the early morning hours of Oct. 16 in the 1000 block of Tennessee Street. She died from her injuries later that day.
Hernandez’s attorney told the judge he thinks the case will be resolved without going to trial and the defendant waived his right to a jury trial.
Originally the defense was just seeking a delay, but Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone denied the request, citing possible court closures under consideration by the State Supreme Court because of budget cuts.
The judge set the next court date for April 2.