Teen who caused multiple-vehicle crash sentenced to treatment program

A Franklin teen who caused the crash that injured a Springboro woman in January will spend another month in the Mary Haven Youth Center as part of his sentence in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The youth, who is now 15-years-old, was sentenced June 6 to serve an additional 21 days in the county Juvenile Detention Center before being transferred to the Mary Haven Youth Center’s First Step Residential Program.

The youth admitted to a felony charge of delinquency by way of a vehicular assault on May 22 and was placed into custody in the county Juvenile Detention Center at that time. He also admitted to not having an operator’s license.

Court Administrator Tony Brigano said if the teen does not complete the First Step program he will be transferred to the full program which has no end date. Brigano said it typically takes six to 10 months for teens to complete the full program.

The court also issued a no-contact order with those involved in the case, as well as ordering the continuation of mental health counseling, taking medications as prescribed, perform 50 hours of community service, complete the Drive ALIVE program, and pay court costs. Additionally, the judge said the youth must make restitution, which will be determined at a later time.

If the youth fails to comply with these local programs, he faces commitment to the Ohio Department of Youth Services for a minimum sentence of six months. A maximum commitment would be until his 21st birthday.

Franklin police said on Jan. 4, the boy, then 14 years old, was driving a Toyota Camry westbound on East Second Street, failed to maintain reasonable control and struck a Mercedes work van, also headed west.

The teen’s vehicle then hit an Isuzu Rodeo SUV, seriously injuring a Springboro woman as she was trying to turn right into Lee’s Famous Recipe.

Police said one of the vehicles spun and struck a utility pole in front of the restaurant at 1031 E. Second St. The police report indicated that unsafe speeds and failure to control were contributing factors in the crash.

Three passengers — a 15-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy in the Toyota — were taken to a local emergency room with minor injuries, police said.

The Springboro woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries.

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