Trial delayed for driver in death of Debra Majkut


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



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The trial of homicide suspect Adrianna Young has been delayed two months.

The 25-year-old Oberlin woman was set to go before a jury Jan. 23. She is accused of driving a Toyota Camry across a yard and through the wall of a Rt. 58 home in Amherst Township in July 15.

The sedan crushed to death resident Debra Majkut and hospitalized infant Jaxon Majkut, who was pulled from the wreckage with severe burns from the car’s exhaust. The tiny child received skin grafts to repair the damage.

Young told state troopers she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway.

She faces counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, possession of drugs, and tampering with evidence to which she pleaded not guilty in an arraignment a year ago.

A blood test provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol showed Young had marijuana in her system when she crashed into the house — and not just traces. She had 112.9 ng/ml of the drug in her blood stream.

It’s very difficult to test for THC levels after a crash and they don’t have the same relationship to impairment as blood alcohol content in drunk driving cases.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that very low levels of THC in the blood can cause people to act very stoned, while some people with large amounts in their blood can appear normal.

In Colorado, where pot use is legal, it’s against the law to drive with more than 5 ng/ml of THC in the blood. Young’s rate was more than 22 times that level.

Over the objection of prosecutors, Lorain County common pleas judge James Miraldi granted a continuance at the behest of defense attorney Jack Bradley.

That means Young will get another pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 with the trial to begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 27.

Bradley did not return a call for comment on the case.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

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By Jason Hawk

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