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Friday, May 2, 2008

Teen in court to face additional charges

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Krystal Hart, the 16-year-old charged with killing a man in a November drunken-driving crash, appeared in court Friday, May 2, 2008 to face additional charges.

Dan Plutchak/The Week
Krystal Hart is shielded by her attorney after appearing in court May 2, 2008.
Hart, of Genoa City, was charged with obstructing an officer and bail jumping after she was arrested at a party March 15 .

Her preliminary hearing was set for March 23, 2008 before Judge Robert Kennedy

According to the criminal complaint for the latest charges, officers responded to a loud-party complaint where they arrested Hart. Police said she gave a fake name and had been drinking.

At the time, Hart was out on bond after she was accused of being drunk and driving head-on into another car on County H the early morning of Nov. 3.

The driver of the other vehicle, Everardo Chimal Lopez, a 54-year-old landscaper from Delavan, died about an hour after the 2:43 a.m. crash.

Hart's blood-alcohol level on a breath test was 0.12 percent, and she had a "very strong odor of intoxicants coming from her," according to the criminal complaint.

She also told police she had used marijuana hours before the crash, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

The criminal complaint indicates Hart was possibly northbound in the southbound lane of the highway.

The charge of homicide by intoxicated driving carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what Krystal has done is wrong and can never be changed but she still should be able to be treated and maybe one day has a chance at life. Do you know if she would have had a prior offense she could have been tried as a juvenile and they could then extend juvenile punishment for up to an additional 5 years? Do to the fact this was a good child with good grades who didn’t run into the law before she has to be punished threw adult court because they cant extend juvenile "the treatment" w/o a prior offense rather then through her w/ a bunch of adults in a prison, In prison w/ a bunch of rapist, murders (intentional) and people w/ some serious mental problems. This was a teenager, doing what teenagers do and who made a wrong decision and mistake, which we all have done. Now she will eternally pay the rest of her life for that then rather gets the chance to rehabilitate her self. Is it not punishment enough to know you wont get to graduate from H.S. after being a straight A student your whole life.. You will never be able to go to college, maybe when you get out you will be lucky if the car wash will hire you and you will never get a chance to try to help your self and help others so they don’t make the same mistake. 90% of all people that go to prison return to prison. Its damaging psychologically never the less everything else. Just the way they system is set up for treatment I don’t find adequate

May 14, 2008 1:26 PM  
Blogger time4justice said...

Ok so let me get this straight, going out driving drunk and killing someone is "doing what teenagers do?" YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Yes, she absolutely made a mistake, BUT it is not like she had no idea what she was doing. SHE made the choice to drink alcohol (oh yeah she was underage, hmm)and to drive a car drunk. SHE killed someone. THAT is NOT what teenagers do (unless they are drinking alcohol and driving vehicles while under the influence) What will happen to her in her future is HER doing, not the public (who will have to pay to incarcerate her, and to educate her, and to feed her, and give her a place to sleep) NOPE she wont get to go to college in a formal sense but don't kid yourself, she will be able to get her schooling, paid for by the taxpayers (oh yeah, just like tennagers do) I have teenagers and they are taught that underage drinking is WRONG, driving while intoxicated is WRONG and consequences come with wrongdoing. (Oh yeah, like MOST of the teenagers I know "do".) And one more thing-you are WRONG, not ALL of us broke the law and killed someone as a teenager. Is this sad, yes, does she deserve harsh punishment-YES SHE DOES. Perhaps my mind could have been changed had she not been busted AGAIN for drinking and LYING to a police officer about her name after she had been drunk and KILLED a man, who was a father, whose children have to live their lives without, ALL BECAUSE of HER "wrong decision". Being treated as an adult is exactly what she deserves, she wanted to DRINK like an adult, PAY THE CONSEQUENCES as an adult!!! This "poor girl" does not sound like such a good girl after all now does she?

May 14, 2008 5:43 PM  

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