Teen charged in fatal hit-and-run will be tried as adult

Kellisha Whitterson
Kellisha Whitterson

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A 17-year-old girl accused of fatally hitting and killing a 13-year-old boy will be tried as an adult.

Kellisha Whitterson is accused of striking Dayshaan Ballew in Evanston in September. She faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, failure to stop after an accident and operating a motor vehicle without a valid operator's license.

Whitterson told police she was driving because her passenger was drunk and forced her to get behind the wheel. So far, the passenger has not been charged.

"I think it's wrong that everything is focused on my daughter," said Whitterson's mother. "It should be on him, too."

Whitterson was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation last month. That evaluation and other evidence factored into Judge Karla Grady's decision to try her as an adult.

After Judge Grady announced her decision, Whitterson began to cry. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

"They could give her all the time in the world and it wouldn't bring back my baby," said Alicia Ballew, Dayshaan's mother. "We'll never get over this."

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