Woman found guilty of causing deadly 2020 crash

PIKE COUNTY, Ala (WDHN) — A Pike County jury has found a woman guilty of causing a 2020 crash that killed a man while under the influence of drugs, District Attorney James Tarbox announced.

On Wednesday, March 6, Kylee Battencourt was found guilty of manslaughter and assault in the third degree.

According to Tarbox, on October 29, 2020, Bettencourt was driving her 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe on Highway 24 with Devin Whitcomb and another passenger, Sarita Hendry, when Bettencourt misjudged a left turn, ran off the road, and crashed into a pasture.

Whitcomb, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and died on the scene.

During the trial, a toxicologist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences testified that Battencourt was high on meth at the time of the crash, which impaired her driving.

Bettencourt will be sentenced at a later date.

This conviction is important because it shows that our community cannot and will not tolerate those who use illegal substances and choose to drive a motor vehicle. Nationwide law enforcement is encountering an increasing numbers of drivers who are intoxicated by controlled substances to include marijuana. While alcohol is traditionally viewed as the substance that creates a driving under the influence situation, any substance, whether legal or otherwise, that impairs judgment and/or motor skills can create an unsafe situation, and can lead to potential criminal charges if a person is impaired and operating a motor vehicle.

District Attorney James Tarbox

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