Trial date set for teen charged in fatal prom crash

A trial date has been set for the 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate.

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The teen is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault. Her attorneys, Christopher Pagan and Melynda Cook Howard, were in Butler County Juvenile Court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing, where Judge Ronald Craft set trial for Nov. 15.

Craft set the next hearing date for Oct. 15.

The teen has a previous citation through juvenile court for operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, according to court documents obtained by the Journal-News.

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The teen lost control of the 2013 Tesla she was driving April 28 along Millikin Road and struck a telephone pole, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Kaylie Jackson, 17, was a back-seat passenger at the time of the accident, sheriff’s deputies said. She died a few days after the crash.

If convicted, the teen could be sentenced to the Juvenile Detention Center in Columbus until her 21st birthday, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

In May, the teen was placed on house arrest. She also was ordered not to have any contact with the victims and their families and she surrendered her driver’s license, according to Rob Clevenger, court administrator.

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