Warren woman sentenced to six months in jail in traffic death

Staff report


Debra Paden, who hit and killed 19-year-old pedestrian Josh J. Kale, on March 17, 2012, has been sentenced to six months in the Trumbull County jail after pleading no contest to operating a motor vehicle impaired and misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

Paden, 49, of Linda Drive Northwest, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.168 after the crash, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, but she was driving a car the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour and remained in her lane of travel, police said.

Kale, of Clearview Street Northwest, was walking home from work in dark clothing, a hooded sweat shirt pulled up around his face and was wearing headphones at the time of the 12:30 a.m. crash on Riverview Street just west of Tod Avenue Northwest.

Kale was at fault in the accident because he crossed the road in front of Paden, police said.

In addition to the jail time, Judge Thomas Gysegem of Warren Municipal Court sentenced Paden to five years’ probation.

As a condition of her probation, she must undergo an assessment and take part in counseling for alcohol addiction.

She will return to court April 29, 2014, for a hearing regarding the counseling.

A charge of felony aggravated vehicular homicide was bound over to a Trumbull County grand jury, but the grand jury refused to indict her.

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