Morgan County family demands justice after citations dropped against Morgan County teen
Families of two Morgan County teens killed in a crash are demanding justice. It comes after a judge dropped all citations against Athena Lowe.
For Karen Newton, driving down State Road 376 in Morgan County isn’t always easy.
“Sometimes I like to just come by and let him know that we’re still thinking about him," said Newton.
It’s where her grandson, Dusty Wallace, lost his life after a head on collision. Driving Wallace was Sara Riggs, who later died from her injuries. Kody McGrath, who was in the backseat, made it out alive.
“Kody is our walking miracle," said Newton. "He’s our angel because he made it and we love him dearly.”
The crash happened on March 17, 2016. Athena Lowe, who was 16-years-old at the time, was the other driver involved in the crash.
The state alleged Lowe had been engaged in cell phone activity at or about the moment of the crash. However, the state was unable to prove that she was beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Sara and Dusty and Cody were coming south and the little girl was coming north," said Newton. "And then they hit head on.”
According to court documents, the two experts who analyzed the crash, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Fred Cook and Forensic Engineer James Madden, came up with contradicting conclusions of how the crash happened. Therefore, Athens County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Stewart felt there was reasonable doubt.
Monday, Stewart dismissed all of Lowe’s citations including aggravated vehicular homicide.
Lowe's father, Michael Lowe, was one of the attorney's representing Athena. ABC 6/FOX 28 reached out to Michael Lowe however, he did not want comment or be interviewed.
The victims’ families say they’re heartbroken over the outcome.
“The feeling as a grandma, you want to do everything you can and you want things to be fair. But they weren’t fair," said Newton.
Newton will be hosting a peace rally in honor of Sara, Dusty and Kody. It will be Aug. 25 at the Morgan County courthouse steps.
CORRECTION: Sara's last name was incorrectly written as Griggs.