Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 18, 2013

Teen charged in drunken driving death

Deputies issue warrant after May accident that killed 19-year-old.

By Carson Gerber
MC Weekly

---- — PERU — Deputies say a 19-year-old man was driving drunk during a car crash near Peru that killed a backseat passenger in May.

Jacoby W. Sanders was arrested last week at Ball State University on a warrant for causing death while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or more, failure to stop after an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and causing death when operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He also was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or more and illegal consumption of alcohol.

According to police, Sanders was driving a 2001 Volkswagen west in the 4000 block of Daniels Road May 11, when he missed a curve and drove off the road into a patch of trees.

The one-car crash killed backseat-passenger Dalton James Rose, 19, and injured Miranda Worl, 19.

Sanders was treated at Dukes Memorial Hospital and was later transported to an Indianapolis hospital.

According to court documents, Sanders admitted to drinking before the accident. Deputies subpoenaed his blood-alcohol level, which was 0.063 percent about 2.5 hours after the accident.

In November, deputies requested the opinion of a forensic toxicologist on Sanders’ BAC at certain points prior to the accident.

The toxicologist reported it was his opinion Sanders’ BAC was above 0.092 percent and below 0.108 percent at the time Sanders last operated the vehicle, according to court documents.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.