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Man charged in deadly hit-and-run headed to trial

Man headed to trial in fatal hit-and-run; video report by WFMZ's Will Lewis

BUSHKILL TWP., Pa. - A man charged in a deadly hit and run in Northampton County will stand trial.

Collin Cashau waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning. The prosecution promised to give full discovery in five days so the trial can move forward.

"It will put us in a posture to move this case forward quickly, addressing the legal issues," said defense attorney Gary Asteak.

Cashau is a suspect in the death of Kyle Smith, 35. Smith was hit while walking along the side of the road in the 400 block of Belfast Road in Bushkill Township, near the entrance to Jacobsburg State Park, early in the morning of December 5.

Cashau's vehicle, a 2006 white BMW, had previously been impounded as possibly being connected to the accident that killed Smith. When police impounded Cashau's BMW, they said they found cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in the vehicle, as well as the victim's DNA on pieces of the car.

Cashau was not immediately charged. During his initial, Cashau told police he thought he hit a log.

"I don't know what he said, because I haven't seen the police reports," added Asteak, "so I don't know what the commonwealth claims he said or didn't say."

Cashau now faces several charges including, accidents involving death or personal injury, failure to report an accident to police, careless driving, possession of marijuana, use and possession of drug paraphernalia, among others.

"We're just glad that over 10 months and we're going to see justice for our son and their brother," said Smith's mother, Sue Smith.

The Smith family did have an attorney present, but it wouldn't comment if a civil suit is going to be filed.

Cashau's next court appearance is scheduled for December 20 at the Northampton county Courthouse in Easton.

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