EFFINGHAM — A man accused of striking a construction worker with his vehicle had his first appearance in court Wednesday.
Zane A. Smart, 20, of Strasburg, appeared before Judge Allan Lolie for an arraignment on the charge of causing an injury in a motor vehicle accident. Smart was arrested after an accident Monday, north of the intersection of Third Street and Technology Drive in Effingham, when he struck flagger Bret Collman, 50, of Ramsey in a construction zone.
Bond was set for $30,000 with the stipulation that he abstain from drugs and alcohol with random testing. Smart said he believed he would be unable to pay the 10 percent bail for release. He also asked Lolie if he would be able to put his car up to secure bail although the vehicle would have to be valued at $60,000 in order to secure it.
When asked whether he would be able to pay for or wanted court-appointed counsel, Smart said he would be representing himself in the case. Lolie advised him to reconsider before his next court date.
"I want you to think before now and then about the wisdom of representing yourself," he said.
Smart said he didn't know what he would do for counsel before the end of the arraignment. He is set for another court appearance at 11 a.m. on July 23.