MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A Mobile teenager involved in an accident that killed a young mother has been indicted.
Wilkinson Howes was driving 90 mph in a 30 mph zone on Lloyds Lane in November 2017 when his SUV struck a Jaguar that was pulling out of a driveway, according to a police report. The collision pushed the car more than 60 feet until it hit a mailbox and fire hydrant. The SUV, meanwhile, flipped and landed on its passenger side.
The driver of the car, Claudia Leatherwood, died. But her two children survived the wreck.
FOX10 News at the time raised questions about why Howes, who was 16 then, had not been charged. He eventually was charged, and the grand jury handed down a manslaughter indictment.
That normally carries a sentence of two to 20 years upon conviction, but Howes – who now is 18 – is eligible to be considered a “youthful offender.” If granted, he would be treated as a juvenile, which would limit his possible punishment and seal his court record.’
In addition to the criminal case, Leatherwood’s family has filed a civil suit against Howes.
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