Interesting development in a local tradgedy.

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  1. Boudin

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    A terrible tradgedy regardless of what he ends up getting charged with....but this one part was something I found to be interesting. It begs the question to know what actually happened. I put the part I'm speaking of in italics and bold text.

    STARKVILLE, MISS. — An aggravated DUI charge against a Mississippi State University student has been reduced.


    WCBI TV reports 19-year-old Sawyer Thomas Steede originally was arrested on the stiffer penalty following a September 17 accident that killed Kaleb Barker.


    Barker died when the pickup Steede was driving lurched in reverse and over a curb at the Starkville McDonald’s, throwing Barker and another student from the bed of the truck and running over him.


    But the Oktibbeha County grand jury reduced the charge to first offense DUI after Steede’s attorney Rod Ray presented expert testimony from the truck’s computer system that Steede didn’t push on the gas, but instead the truck accelerated on its own.


    No trial date has been set for the DUI charge.
     
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    Hmm. I didn't know the little brain box could differentiate between a throttle pedal push, or computer controlled..... As for that, that is a terrible happening.. On a bit lighter note, I was in Starkville about 3 years ago. Nice little place.
     

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