Misdemeanors sustained in trial of teen driver
A judge sustained the allegation of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter Monday against the girl who was driving a Jeep Liberty that rolled over, killing a male passenger and seriously injuring a female passenger.
El Dorado Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow also sustained the allegation against the teen of a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving causing injury. He did not find that “gross negligence” was involved in the vehicular manslaughter, as prosecutors had alleged.
The girl, who is not being named because of her age, was 16 at the time of the accident that killed 16-year-old Greg Smith, a competitive skier who lived in the Placerville area. The accident occurred as the girl was westbound on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Sawmill Pond just before 11 p.m. on Nov. 18.
Three females and two males were in the vehicle. Lasarow set Nov. 1 for a disposition on the case.