The truck driver accused of killing one teen and severely injuring another appeared in court Friday for his preliminary hearing. 31-year-old Jerode Johnson is facing charges including DUI, felony hit-and-run, and involuntary manslaughter. Police say Johnson crossed the center line after losing control of his truck and over-correcting, striking the SUV of victims Sabrina Mundorff and Kaitlyn Duffy last May. Sadly, Duffy died at the scene, while Mundorff was airlifted to a medical center in critical condition. Both teens were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. While Johnson remains in custody, his grand jury hearing is set for October 16th.
What is Involuntary Manslaughter?
Involuntary manslaughter is a criminal charge referring to unintentional killing, which usually occurs as a result of recklessness or criminal negligence. This charge usually occurs following a misdemeanor or low-level felony, such as a DUI. If someone is killed at the hands of another’s actions, due to inherently dangerous acts which pose a threat to the lives of others, classified as the reckless disregard for human life. Unlike second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter is accidental, stemming from reckless or criminally negligent behavior. This charge is convicted without criminal intent.
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