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Aunt Wants Teen Driver Tried as Adult in Triple Fatal

BELLBROOK--It's been one year since a crash  in Sugarcreek Township left three Bellbrook teenagers dead.

The aunt of one of the  girls said justice isn't' being served in the case.  She is fighting for the teen driver to be tried as an adult.      
       
Lisa Sikorski helped raise her niece,  Julianna Hawk.
 
 "She used to put a smile on my face every single day." The 14-year-old was  the youngest of three Bellbrook teens killed last November.
 
Jesse Whitaker was driving his pickup up truck  when he hit a tree last November.
 
The crash  killed 17-year-old Sophie Kerrigan, 16-year-old Skylar Kooken and Julianna Hawk.              

Whitaker is facing vehicular homicide and manslaughter charges in the Juvenile Court System.

He's now 18, but was 17 at the time of the crash. Sikorski wants him tried as an adult.
 
"For him driving as fast as he was, and  to wrap a truck around a tree and killing three girls, absolutely." She said.
  
At the time of the crash, investigators said they didn't believe it was drug or alcohol related, even though there were no tests done. 

"They found there was paraphernalia in the car and still didn't charge him with anything." Sikorski said.  
     
If tried as a juvenile,  Sikorski said the maximum sentence Whitaker could get is 9 months in jail,  which she believes doesn't fit the the crime.
         
"No. 90 days for each girl? No." 
  
Sugarcreek Township Police have referred our questions about the case to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office, who won't comment because the case is pending.

However, the Prosecutor's Office said there are factors, including criminal history, looked at in determining whether a teen will be tried as an adult.

Sikorski said she just wants proper justice for her niece and the other girls who lost their lives.
         
"It was far from being an accident.  I'm not saying  he did it intentionally, but at that speed with 6 kids in the vehicle, that's an adult decision. He needs to pay the consequences for that." 

 
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