The fatal accident has caused the students and their loved ones “a great deal of pain and sadness,” he wrote in a statement released Thursday. “We will continue our efforts to help all of our students recover from this tragedy, and appreciate all those in our community and neighboring school districts for their acts of kindness and support.”
Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he plans to keep the charges against Chynna Brandon in the juvenile court system because the investigation revealed “no intentional conduct” to raise the severity of the charges.
He said speed was “one factor” in the fatal crash, but there were “other factors involved.”
He refused to name those factors.
If convicted, Brandon could be sentenced to the Juvenile Detention Center in Columbus until her 21st birthday, Gmoser said.
In cases like this there are “no winners on either side,” he said.
If Brandon isn’t found guilty, she will live with the results of that night forever, Gmoser said.
“She will live behind imaginary bars the rest of her life,” he said.
INITIAL REPORT: A 17-year-old driver has been charged in the one-car crash April 27 that killed a classmate while on their way to prom.
Chynna Brandon has been charged in the fatal accident that occurred when she was driving three Monroe High School classmates to prom.
Brandon lost control of the 2013 Tesla she was driving along Millikin Road and struck a telephone pole, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Brandon is charged with two counts of vehicular assault and one count of vehicular homicide, all felony charges, the sheriff’s office said today.