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Woman who served eight months for fatal crash now wants driving privileges back

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    Adrianna Young reads a letter she wrote in court at her sentencing. A little more than a year after her judicial release from prison for driving her car into an Amherst Township home and killing a woman, Young is petitioning for her driving privileges back.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE

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ELYRIA – Adrianna Young wants her driving privileges back.

In January 2018, Young, 27, of Oberlin, was freed from prison after serving about eight months of her 4 ½-year sentence for crashing into an Amherst Township home and killing a mother and injuring a child in 2015. While she was granted judicial release, Judge James Miraldi told Young that her license would remain suspended for life.

Last week, though, a motion was filed on Young’s behalf requesting she be granted driving privileges. The motion asks Miraldi to grant Young the ability to drive to and from work, to attend counseling meetings and to meet with her probation officer every month.

In the motion, Young’s attorney, Jack Bradley, said his client is currently employed at the Hotel of Oberlin as a housekeeper.

“Ms. Young’s schedule varies from week to week. She works five days a week, however the days vary,” the motion said. “On weekdays, when scheduled, she works from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, she works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ms. Young understands that it is her duty to prove that she is driving within the scope of her privileges.”

The motion also said Young attends counseling at Innovative Counseling, in Avon, twice a month, and the dates and times of the meetings vary depending on her counselor’s schedule. She also has to meet with her probation officer, in downtown Elyria, every month.

“Her probation officer, Cassandra Spears, has reported no issues from Ms. Young while on probation,” the motion said, “and (she) has no objection to the court granting her these privileges.”

Prosecutors, though, do have an objection to the court granting Young driving privileges.

The state filed a memorandum in opposition to Young’s motion, earlier this week.

In the memorandum, Assistant County Prosecutor Chris Pierre outlined the events of July 28, 2015, and the subsequent events.

Young was indicted in December 2015 on aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and possession of drugs. A week later, she was also indicted on a count of tampering with evidence.

In March, 2017, Young pleaded guilty to all counts and was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison by Miraldi on April 20, 2017.

“The defendant’s charges in this case arose from an incident that occurred on July 28, 2015,” the state’s memorandum said. “On that summer morning, the defendant’s recklessness brought life-changing tragedy into the home of the Majkut family.”

Young was driving down state Route 58 about 7:46 a.m. the day of the incident, “arguing with her girlfriend by test message on her cell phone,” when she went off the road, drove through a field and into the home where Debra Majkut was sitting on the couch in the living room, feeding and tending to her infant son, Jaxon.

Majkut was killed and Jaxon was trapped beneath Young’s vehicle, suffering burns on his face from the car’s exhaust.

A neighbor that came to the home to offer assistance said Young was walking back and forth in the yard talking on her cell phone while her car was pressed on Jaxon’s head and face, not only trapping him, but burning him, the state’s memorandum said.

“(Young) initially claimed to investigators that something ran in front of her vehicle, causing her to swerve off the road. The defendant was not and could not be specific as to what she claimed ran in front of her car, because nothing ran in front of her car,” Pierre said in the memorandum. “The investigation and crash reconstruction report could find no evidence of any evasive action taken by the defendant, nor any evidence of an animal passing in front of her vehicle causing her to swerve off of the roadway.”

Pierre also said Young tested positive for having marijuana in her system and she also tried to hide the argument she was having with her girlfriend via text message from investigators by deleting the texts from her phone “in an attempt to hide this evidence from law enforcement.”

“At the scene, the defendant was recorded in the back of the trooper’s cruiser, continuing to speak on her phone,” Pierre said in the memorandum. “She stated, ‘I should have just ran. I couldn’t, though, because there was a freaking baby under the car.”

Prosecutors said Young’s actions stole the life of a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

“In those quiet morning hours, when the world is just waking up, when a mother was sharing an intimate moment with her baby, the defendant plunged this entire family into a nightmare from which they cannot wake,” Pierre said in the memorandum. “The defendant’s crime stole everything from the Majkut family.”

When Miraldi granted Young’s motion for judicial release last year, he placed her on probation for five years and “specifically noted, ‘no driving privileges shall be granted as her privileges were suspended for life,’” Pierre said.

“(Young’s) actions while driving scarred baby Jaxon for life, stole the life of his mother Debra Majkut and permanently affected the lives of everyone who knew and loved Debra as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Essentially, the victims of the defendant’s actions must bear the consequences of the defendant’s actions for life,” Pierre said. “The state submits that the defendant losing her driver’s license for life pales in comparison. The state submits that a lifetime driver’s license revocation is appropriate, lawful and just under the circumstances.

“The state requests that (Young’s) motion be denied without hearing.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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