18-Year-Old Charged with Manslaughter Faces 15 Years in Prison

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Erie County, NY (WNY News Now) – A Colden teenager was arraigned on Manslaughter in the Second Degree following a fatal car crash in Amherst earlier this year.

Jayla L. Mueller, 18, of Colden was arraigned Monday morning in front of Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan. Mueller faces three counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, categorized as Class “C” felonies, as well as one count of Reckless Driving, classified as a Class “A” misdemeanor.

The incident allegedly occurred on February 20, 2023, around 11:30 p.m. when the defendant was reportedly operating a vehicle at a high rate of speed on John James Audubon Parkway in the Town of Amherst. Mueller lost control of the vehicle while entering the ramp onto Millersport Highway.

The charges against Mueller stem from the fatal consequences of the crash, which led to the untimely deaths of three passengers. The victims were identified as 18-year-old Azathiel Pabon, 19-year-old Isabella French, and 20-year-old Dakota Eldridge.

While Mueller and a fourth passenger, a 17-year-old male, were transported to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) by ambulance, their injuries were not life-threatening.

Mueller’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 29, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., where further legal proceedings will take place. Presently, she remains released under supervision.

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