A teen accused in a distracted driving case will stand trial as an adult. In March 2017, a rear-end collision near Wellston killed three people. Police say 17 year old Noah Alexander Dedear was reading a text message when his vehicle rear-ended a vehicle driven by 54 year old Linda Irie. At the time of the crash, Irie’s grandchidren, Brooklynn and Jace Newville were passengers in her vehicle. Brooklynn was 9 years old and Jace was 5 years old. In an extremely tragic turn of events, Linda, Brooklynn and Jace all died from the crash.
Earlier this month, an Oklahoma judge ruled that DeDear would face three counts of second degree manslaughter as an adult. Even though he was 17 at the time of the accident, the judge decided that his case would proceed in the adult court system. It is unclear why the judge made this ruling or what factors influenced the decision. However, it can certainly be argued that such a tragic crime deserves a sufficient punishment under our system of criminal justice.
Distracted driving is becoming an all too common problem on Oklahoma roadways. With the proliferation of cell phones and mobile devices, it is almost impossible to drive down the road and not see someone looking at their phone while their car is in motion. Such behavior is extremely dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk of serious injury or death. Although there are laws against texting and driving they do not always prevent this type of behavior from occurring.
When a distracted driver causes an accident, the consequences can be devastating. Distracted drivers may not even slow down or take other natural action to avoid a collision. These crashes tend to occur at higher speeds which worsens the outcome for all involved. Our thoughts go out to Linda Irie and the family of these two little children who lost their lives in this accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a distracted driver, please call us at 888-352-0624. We will help you get the compensation you deserve.