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Driver sentenced to death in January

Dec. 3 — GREENSBURG — A local resident involved in a fatal accident earlier this year was recently convicted in Decatur Superior Court.

According to publicly available court documents, a Nov. 22 conviction and conviction signed by Judge Matthew Bailey in the Indiana state matter against Pedro Ramirez-Cuautle contained the following information.

The defendant, Ramirez-Cuautle, 33, of Greensburg, had previously filed one or more guilty pleas, and the court accepted those pleas and a settlement.

County One was charged with driving a drunken vehicle that caused death, a Level 4 felony. The defendant was sentenced to six years in an Indiana Department of Justice facility and two years probation.

Count Two, which the court order did not specify, was dismissed.

Count three was a charge of driving while driving, a Class A misdemeanor. The defendant was sentenced to two days in Decatur County Jail, which has already been served.

Ramirez-Cuautle was also ordered to pay $185 in criminal court costs, $100 in probation fees, $100 in public defense attorneys, $200 in alcohol countermeasures and $850 in compensation for Kenneth Smith. In addition, his driving privileges were suspended for 720 days.

The state was represented in the matter by Decatur County Assistant Attorney Douglas W. Brown.

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The Daily News reported on January 17, 2022 that a local resident died after being hit by a car and that the driver involved had been detained.

The story quoted Greensburg Police Chief Mike McNealy as saying that around 4:25 p.m. Sunday, January 16, GPD officers were dispatched to the scene of an accident near Moscow Road and 11th Street who suffered unknown injuries.

When officers arrived, they found that a single car accident had occurred.

The investigation found that a vehicle driven by Pedro Ramirez-Cuautle, 32, of Greensburg, veered off the roadway and struck a pedestrian before crossing the roadway and hitting a post.

The pedestrian, identified as Kamryn Smith, 23, of Greensburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

Ramiriez-Cuautle was arrested and initially charged with driving while suspended, reckless driving, reckless murder and drunken surgery resulting in death.

The GPD was assisted by Indiana State Police accident reconstructionist Matthew Holley and the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.

Kevin Green: [email protected] or 812-651-0885.

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