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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2016
Former Lakeside High student pleads guilty to fatal prom-night auto collision
DECATUR, GA – A DeKalb County judge on Tuesday sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for killing a Lakeside High School teacher in a 2015 prom-night automobile crash.Ramiro Gerrardo Pedemonte pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and three counts of serious injury by vehicle for the wreck that killed 33-year-old Leah O’Brien on April 25, 2015.Pedemonte, 20, also will serve 15 years on probation when his prison sentence is completed.He was travelling more than 100 mph on Scott Boulevard when the rental car he was driving T-boned O’Brien’s car at the intersection of Ridley Circle in Decatur.O’Brien, who was going to drop off her 8-year-old daughter Kori before going to chaperon the Lakeside prom, was trapped in her car and died on the scene. Kori suffered traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for 13 days.Pedemonte and Zana McGrit were also on their way to the Lakeside prom. Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter also ordered that Pedemonte’s license be suspended for five years upon of his release from prison.# # #