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Driver Gets 10 Days In Double Fatal

The driver who chased three Coeur d'Alene teenagers preceding a fatal 2010 car accident near Twin Falls pleaded guilty to reckless driving Tuesday. Kade D. Laughlin, 21, of Filer (pictured), entered the plea in Fifth District Court in Twin Falls, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 160 of those days suspended. Of the remaining 20 days, Laughlin must serve 10 in jail, and the other 10 days can be fulfilled through community service, said Grant Loebs, Twin Falls prosecutor. As part of his community service Laughlin will speak to youth about what happened Sept. 12, 2010, when Coeur d'Alene teenagers Devon Austin, 19, and Ryan Reinhardt, 18, died in a single-vehicle car accident around 1 a.m. on a rural road outside Twin Falls as they left a party at Laughlin's house/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. Twin Falls Times News/AP story here. (Mug shot courtesy of Twin Falls Times-News)

Question: Is a net effect of 10 days in jail an appropriate sentence for a reckless driver involved a chase that led to a double fatality?

Suit filed over crash that killed CdA grad

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The parents of a College of Southern Idaho baseball player and Coeur d'Alene High School graduate killed in a fatal crash last September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against others involved in the accident.

 Devon Austin (pictured) was a passenger in a car that crashed while allegedly being chased by another vehicle after a party.

The 19-year-old Austin and the driver of the car, 18-year-old Ryan Reinhardt, were killed.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kade Laughlin, has been charged with reckless driving.

The Times-News reports that Tim and Paula Austin, along with Jessica Duran, the crash's lone survivor, filed their lawsuit June 3. They name Laughlin, Reinhardt and three others as defendants. They claim the defendants were involved in the car chase while under the influence of alcohol.

They are asking for $50,000 in damages.

Family Sues In Ex-Vik’s Fatal Crash

The parents of one Coeur d’Alene teen killed in a single-vehicle crash in September 2010 are suing the people they say caused their son’s death. Tim and Paula Austin, along with Jessica Duran, the lone survivor of the crash, filed a complaint for damages for the death of 19-year-old Devon Austin (pictured in SR file photo) on June 3 in Twin Falls County 5th District Court. They name Kade Laughlin, Ryan Balles, Colt Robinson, Naccona Tegan Robinson and Ryan Reinhardt, the driver of the car, as defendants in the death of Austin, who came to Twin Falls last year to play baseball for the College of Southern Idaho. Both Austin and Reinhardt died at the scene near Filer around 1 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2010/Bradley Guire, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Twin Falls Prosecutor Defends Charge

In a Twin Falls News-Tribune story today, Prosecutor Grant Loebs defends his office's department not to assign criminal responsibility to Kade Laughlin (pictured in Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department mug shot) in the crash that killed former Coeur d'Alene High athletes Devon Austin and Ryan Reinhardt near Twin Falls Sept. 12, 2010. Laughlin, 20, of Filer, has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving for being involved in a chase that led to the crash. Said Prosecutor Loebs: ” “This is the most serious charge we believe the evidence supports.” Laughlin has been labeled as a killer by individuals sympathetic to the victims' and their families. Times-News story here.

Charge filed in crash that killed CdA men

(AP) A 20-year-old man is charged with reckless driving for his alleged role in a crash near Twin Falls that killed two Coeur d'Alene High School graduates last September.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Twin Falls County prosecutors filed the charge against Kade D. Laughlin, of Filer, on May 5. His preliminary hearing is set for June 21.

The crash killed College of Southerin Idaho students 18-year-old Ryan Reinhardt and 19-year-old Devon Austin of Coeur d'Alene. Austin was a baseball player at CSI and had been drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Laughlin was charged after a third person in Reinhardt's vehicle — 19-year-old Jessica Duran — reported Laughlin had been chasing their vehicle after they left a party.

Laughlin has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence that night. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
  

Charge Filed In Deaths Of Ex-Viks

Item: Charge filed in deaths of former Vik athletes: Filer driver charged with reckless driving, faces 6 months in jail, $1K fine/Tom Hasslinger, Press

More Info: Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said Wednesday that the charge, filed May 5, is related to the Sept. 12, 2010, single-car accident off 3900 N Road in Twin Falls County that took the lives of Coeur d'Alene High School graduates and College of Southern Idaho students Ryan Reinhardt, 18, and Devon Austin, 19. Reinhardt, the driver of the vehicle, crashed the car off the rural road around 1 a.m. The accident's lone survivor, Jessica Duran, 19, identified Laughlin as an acquaintance from school who chased the Coeur d'Alene teenagers as they left Laughlin's party.

Question: Is the possible penalty in this case sufficient?

Ex-Vik Austin Left Mark On CSI Baseball

Normalcy returned to Skip Walker Field on Wednesday, albeit briefly. After a half-hour team meeting, baseballs fizzed through the air and popped into gloves. Soon the sound of ball-on-bat joined the party. For around an hour on a hot, cloud-free Wednesday, the College of Southern Idaho baseball team had fun. Just what Devon Austin would have wanted for his teammates. The 19-year-old freshman from Coeur d’Alene never played a game for the Golden Eagles before he and friend Ryan Reinhardt were killed in a car accident west of Filer in the early hours of Sunday morning. But in his short time at CSI, he left an indelible mark on the baseball program/David Bashore, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Austin, Reinhardt Funerals Scheduled

Via Twitter, sportswriter Greg Lee/SR is reporting that the funeral for Devon Austin will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Real Life Ministries, Post Falls. Also, Greg posts, the funeral for Ryan Reinhardt will be Saturday at Real Life Ministries, Post Falls; I will post time when I confirm it.

Teen Fight Preceded Deadly Car Crash

A fight between two groups of teenagers ended in tragedy this weekend for two Coeur d’Alene High School grads near Twin Falls, Idaho.A sheriff’s report says star athlete Devon Austin and his close friend Ryan Reinhardt died early Sunday morning near Twin Falls as they were being chased by a group in another car they’d met at a party. The car they were in was going too fast and they failed to negotiate a turn.Both Austin and Reinhardt had just started their first year at the College of Southern Idaho. Both teens were athletic, well-liked and lived life to the fullest according to family and friends/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here

CdA Teens Were Chased Before Fatality

The two Coeur d’Alene teens who were killed in a single-car rollover near Twin Falls were chased at one point by several people in a vehicle after an altercation at a party early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Department. A short while later, Devon Austin, 19, and Ryan Reinhardt, 18, both Coeur d’Alene High athletes, were killed when the 1998 Toyota Camry that Reinhardt was driving failed to make a curve and rolled several times. Austin, the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year in baseball, and Reinhardt, a defensive starter on the 2009 Coeur d’Alene High football team, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, Jessica Duran, 19, was treated and released from St. Luke’s Magic Valley. (SR file photo from Jan. 9, 2009: Coeur d’Alene’s  Devon  Austin, left, battles Lake City’s Ben Frisbie for a rebound.)