The driver arrested for leaving the scene after one of the passengers died in a crash early Sunday morning is facing five charges in St. Joseph County.
Kyle Papa, 23, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after operating while intoxicated, a Class B felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in the death of another person, a Class C felony; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; never being licensed, a Class C misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana with a prior conviction, a Class D felony, according to a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office.
Family members identified the 24-year-old woman as Amanda Ezra, a mother of three on Monday, WSBT reports.
An investigator from the St. Joseph County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team told WSBT that the victim was riding in a minivan with four other people in the 300 block of Chestnut around 4:40 a.m. Sunday, June 15. She was sitting in the lap of the front seat passenger and vomiting out the window when her head was struck by an object outside the vehicle.
Papa was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.
He and one of the van’s passengers tried to flee the scene, but police found them a few blocks away. During their interrogation, Papa and the passenger gave statements that did not match what police found during their investigation.
Papa is being held at the St. Joseph County jail on a $50,000.