LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A judge has granted a teenage girl youthful offender status in a manslaughter case.
Kate Boggus was indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury on three counts of manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault for the April 2018 wreck that killed Wilson High students Braden Turner, Coby Hines, and Tyler Nelson.
Boggus was the driver of that vehicle.
Kaylee McGee is the other surviving victim in the vehicle. She and the other victims’ families are disappointed Boggus won’t be tried as an adult. They say she is the one responsible for driving reckless and killing three young lives.
“It’s been a very long year, a very long year, and I just want justice for myself and the boys,” she said.
April 26, 2018 is day many people in Lauderdale County will never forget. A year later and hearts are still empty and broken after the reckless car crash that killed the three teens.
On Tuesday, dozens of family and friends filled the court with tears and mixed emotions. One by one, people took turns speaking on behalf of the victims and Boggus.
McGee, who is permanently injured, says she is still recovering from the accident. She has had several surgeries and suffered a broken neck, broken ribs, a fractured femur and pelvis. And she still has more surgeries to go.
“It’s been rough. I never thought I would go through something like this, but I know I have three amazing guardian angels now,” she said.
McGee wants justice for all three boys so this can be an example to teenagers that driving reckless is serious and can alter your lives and loved ones lives forever.
“For teenage drivers, it will show that you need to be responsible for who is in your car. I’m physically injured for the rest of my life and I’m not out of the woods yet,” said McGee.
Arraignment is scheduled for May 17. Trial begins on July 31.