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Girl gets probation for crash into fire truck that killed two teens

By Evan MacDonald • Jan 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM

AKRON (TNS) — A 16-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to one year of probation for causing a crash into an Akron fire truck that killed two teens in her SUV.

The Summit County Juvenile Court's intake department recommended the girl not serve time in juvenile prison for causing the deadly crash, a court official said. Judge Linda Teodosio heeded that recommendation during the girl's sentencing Tuesday afternoon.

Teodosio prohibited the girl from applying for a driver's license until she is 21 years old, a court official said. Teodosio also ordered the girl to create a community service project that memorializes the two teens who were killed in the crash, the court official said.

The girl could be sent to juvenile prison if she violates the terms of her probation.

Her defense attorney, Adam VanHo, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

The girl pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault charges related to the July 14 crash on West Exchange Street at South Rhodes Avenue.

The girl did not stop at a red light when she entered the intersection, police said. An Akron fire truck crashed into the SUV, and the impact pushed the SUV into a utility pole.

Lashae Johnson, 16, and Briyana Hayes, 15, died in the crash. The two girls were passengers in the SUV the 16-year-old girl was driving.

Six other people — including three firefighters — were also injured, police said.

The 16-year-old girl was not texting or impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, VanHo told cleveland.com after she pleaded guilty. But she was under 16 years old, only had a learner's permit and did not have a licensed driver in the car, he said.

The girl has said she has no memory of the crash, VanHo said after she pleaded guilty. She said the last thing she remembers is driving by St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, approximately a mile from the crash scene, VanHo said.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office investigated the case because a Summit County Prosecutor's Office employee witnessed the crash, prosecutors said.


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