On May 27, Jaynelle Troxell, 22, was driving her normal route home after work when the fatal crash happened. Troxell claims she all of a sudden noticed she was low on gas and made a quick left turn from Hamilton Boulevard onto Lincoln Avenue.
Officials say she drove into the path of the motorcycle driven by Jesus Fred, 42, and his passenger Sarai Rivera Melendez, 35. The two motorcyclists struck Troxell’s minivan and were ejected. Fred died in the crash and Melendez was seriously injured, sustaining brain bleeding and broken bones.
The left turn Troxell attempted was an illegal turn – many signs on Hamilton Boulevard warn drivers that turns cannot be made at Lincoln Avenue. According to the prosecution, the fact that these signs were posted on the route Troxell makes each day for work prove she acted recklessly in the fatal crash. The Morning Call reports that the dashboard camera of an unmarked police cruiser nearby recorded the deadly motorcycle accident, showing that Troxell never stopped at the intersection before taking the illegal left turn.
Prosecutors have filed charges of homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, and involuntary manslaughter, reports The Morning Call. In addition, the prosecution filed two other misdemeanors and several traffic violations. Two days previous to the refiling of charges, the presiding judge dismissed the charges, stating prosecutors did not show Troxell was reckless or negligent.
The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).