Driver In Accident That Killed Silver Medallion's Carnegie Indicted for Manslaughter

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Jamie Lumsden
The late Abay Lattin (a.k.a. Carneige) of Silver Medallion.
Kathryn Elizabeth Hetrick, the teenage driver allegedly responsible for the accident that killed Phoenix hip-hop artist Carnegie last fall was indicted this past week.
According to Jerry Cobb, spokesperson for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, a grand jury handed down three indictments on February 1 against Hetrick, including one count of manslaughter in connection with the death of Carneige (a.k.a. Abay Lattin).

Hetrick was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition that crashed into the car carrying Carneige and local hip-hop artist Hejus Trife last September near Arizona State University in Tempe.

Per officials from Tempe Police Department and court documents obtained by New Times, Hetrick allegedly showed "symptoms of alcohol impairment" at the scene.

Hetrick was also indicted on two counts of aggravated assault as a result of injuries sustained by Trife and a passenger in the Expedition. (ASU student Matthew West was also killed after hitting wreckage from the accident on his motorcycle approximately one minute later, although no charges were ever filed against Hetrick in connection with his death.)

Although no trial date has been set, Cobb stated that Hetrick will be tried as an adult, despite the fact she was 17 years old at the time of the accident.

I recently interviewed Carneige's Silver Medallion partner Oren J. for an upcoming story on the group and asked about his feelings in regards to Hetrick and the accident. He provided me with a somewhat nebulous response:

"I was really angry at her after it happened, but that was just quick emotions," he says. "I can't really find it within myself to bear her any super ill will, but at the same time, if life has determined that she's gonna get punished for this, then I believe that's just."

The indictments come of the eve of the release of Silver Medallion's new album No One Ever Really Dies, which Oren says will be available tomorrow via the Internet and will serve as a tribute to Carnegie. Although the album can be downloaded for free, Oren is asking fans to make a donation to M.A.D.D.

UPDATE: A few hours after this blog was published, Oren J. posted the following on his Facebook page:

"To everyone who read the blurb about the drunk driver that killed Abay being indicted, I changed my opinion from that quote. I hope she gets a chance. She's 17. I hope she uses this point in her life to bring about positivity, it was enough for one person's life to be ruined and the repercussions were so painful for so many, its hard in all these interviews. I'm not mature enough to not let my emotions get ahold of me."


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Hwilk33
Hwilk33

Michael. Wasn't your son impaired as well at the time??

Kmoore
Kmoore

I know the family of the girl and I can tell you one thing this is the saddest case I have ever seen. Kathryn was also a pre med student at ASU and was a real good kid. She to was involved in her church and I know that her and her family pray often for you Mr. West and the Lattin family as well. They know that Kathryn should do some time but they don't want it to be so long that she can't still be a Doctor one day and do the good she always planned on doing. She talked about being a Doctor with Doctors without borders. In my opinion that is how she can really pay back for what has happened.

Michael
Michael

I to said some pretty harsh things in the early going. IN reality I just hope for justice to be served. There are so many contradiction in the reports I read so far, we can on hope it all gets sorted out in court. and yes there is 3 live ruined, Ebays, Kathryns, and my son Matts , a 2nd year ASU student hoping to become a doctor. I heard there is a hearing today March 30, does any have any info as the time and address. Thanks.

Best Home Audio
Best Home Audio

This is why you don't drink and drive.

Another 17 years old's life ruined.

Guest
Guest

He didn't kill anyone but two people are dead for sure because of her....she has to live knowing that for  rest of her life......and he was not on drugs but she was....

Michael
Michael

These words are word for word taken from interviews that her mother and I have gave to tv reportters. so basically she has taken my sons life and now his identity.a good girl driving daddy's escalade that he didnt even have enough faith in his own daughter to add her to his auto insurance plan. She was 17 years old,now 18. She was intoxicated, was on 2 different psych meds and had a empty vodka bottle in her vehicle.sounds like a real sweetie alright.. Let justice be done, jail time, with no chance of becoming a doctor. My son won't ever get his chance, why should she.? Would you want a woman like this operating on you or a loved one. ,I really don't think so.

derpherp
derpherp

3 lives ruined by my count.

Jkhh9105
Jkhh9105

Matt West was 3 times over  the  legal limit. DUI on a motorcyle = death. He would have been hurt or killed at some point anyway. Prayers go out to everyone envolved!!!

Alexarmer
Alexarmer

You sound completely ignorant. 

Alexarmer
Alexarmer

First of all, it was an Expedition. Second of all, Michael West was on drugs and alcohol himself. I hope that whoever you are, pointing fingers at Katie being the "bad, irresponsible " person she is for driving under the influence, can also point the same fingers at Michael for also driving under the influence. 

guest
guest

Escalade? Really? Wrong. How do you know so much about my cousins life? Psych pills I think not.  Come on my uncle wouldn't let her drive his car with out ins. Im just so surprised  at how you really think she killed your son. He had drugs and alchol in his system, you really think he was making it home in one piece that night? No! I think your son was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And my heart goes out to all families involved.  

guest1
guest1

michael you are so mis-informed. 

Alexarmer
Alexarmer

My heart goes out to your family, as well as the families hurting for their losses. Katie is a good friend of mine. I will always stand up for her and your family. 

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