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Power outage delays deadly prom crash trial in Butler County

Posted at 9:55 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 10:01:42-05

MONROE, Ohio -- A power outage delayed the trial for the teen charged in a deadly prom night crash that killed a fellow classmate.

The teen driver, who is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of assault, was placed on house arrest in May. WCPO is not identifying the driver because she is a minor and has been charged in Butler County Juvenile Court.

The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The trial will now begin on Dec. 3 due to a power outage at the juvenile justice center.

Kaylie Jackson

The crash occurred the evening of Monroe High School’s prom on April 27. A Tesla crashed at 8200 Millikin Road in Liberty Township, according to police. Kaylie Jackson, 17, was a back-seat passenger at the time of the accident, police said. She died just a few days after the crash. Four students total were in the vehicle, including Jackson and the driver.

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Police said its occupants had been speeding toward Monroe High School's prom when the 17-year-old driver veered into the opposite lane, overcorrected and caused the car to overturn and tumble off the road. Accident reports show that no use of alcohol or drugs is suspected.

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