HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The teen driver who killed her 17-year-old friend in a prom night crash was ordered to a treatment facility and her license has been suspended until she’s 21.
The 17-year-old Monroe High School senior and her parents apologized in Butler County Juvenile Court last month when she pleaded “true,” or essentially guilty, to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Kaylie Jackson died the night of April 27 when the white 2013 Tesla she was riding in crashed in the 8200 block of eastbound Millikin Road in Liberty Township.
The Monroe High School student was driving Kaylie and their dates to dinner before prom.
On Wednesday, several of Jackson’s family members spoke in court.
“I do forgive the driver. I don’t believe there was intent there,” one of Kaylie’s grandmothers said. “I do hope the defendant can move forward and learn something from all of this.”
Her mother said it’s been hard living without her daughter.
“I am angry. Kaylie’s death was preventable," she said. “Just why, why was there a need to drive so fast? Because of that choice, I no longer have my daughter. I know there is nothing that will bring my daughter back. I think she needs to be held responsible. I will forgive... someday. Kaylie would want me to.”
She lost control of the high-powered vehicle and over-corrected, sending the car off the road and into a ditch, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
The Tesla hit a fence and telephone pole before stopping. At one point, it also rolled over or overturned.
The police report shows that Kaylie was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.
She died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center three days later.
Investigators have said they believe the car was speeding than 100 miles per hour.
“This accident will follow me for the rest of my life. I just wish that people would realize that Kaylie was my best friend. We did almost everything together,” the teen driver said in tears. “I am forever sorry for what happened.”
Last month, Kaylie’s parents sued the teen driver and her parents.
Their suit asks for more than $25,000 in damages.