January 27, 2015

Teen-age driver in fatal crash charged with texting while driving

A Sidney teen-ager will be in court on suspicion of texting while driving in the fatal accident of another teen from Chappell.

A petition has been filed by the Cheyenne County Attorney’s Office against 16-year-old Hayden Graham in juvenile court on charges of motor vehicle homicide, texting while driving, careless driving and failing to stay right of center.

Court documents indicate Graham had taken his brother home, and then took a friend home in Chappell after attending the county fair in Sidney July 31st.

At just after 11:30 that night outside of Sidney on Highway 30, Graham and 19-year-old Karman Reichman were involved in a head-on collision. Reichman was flown to Scottsbluff for treatment but died of the injuries suffered in the crash. During the investigation law enforcement concluded Graham “had sent and received numerous text messages prior to the motor vehicle accident.”

Graham is scheduled to appear in court September 3rd to face charges.

By Dave Collins, KSID