Trial date scheduled for driver in fatal Osceola crash

Kyle T. Papa faces five charges related to the June 15 death of Amanda Ezra in an Osceola drunken driving crash.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.

A man facing five charges related to the June death of 24-year-old Amanda Ezra is scheduled to go to trial in October.

Kyle T. Papa, 23, appeared for his initial hearing on Tuesday, July 22, on charges of leaving the scene of an accident after operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, operating  a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in the death of another person, possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle without a license and possession of marijuana with a prior conviction for possession of marijuana.

According to a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, Papa’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 7.

Papa remains in custody at the St. Joseph County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Police and medics were called to a one-vehicle crash in the 300 block of Chestnut Street in Osceola around 4:40 a.m. June 15. 

According to court documents filed in the case, Papa, Ezra and two others were in Ezra’s minivan leaving a party when Papa, the driver, went off the street and over the curb.

Ezra, who was sitting in the lap of the van’s front passenger, was leaning out the window to vomit.

As the minivan went between a utility pole and a guy wire, Ezra’s head struck the wire and then struck the side of the minivan.

Papa and one of the other passengers fled the scene. Police arrested them later that morning at a nearby gas station.

Ezra was pronounced dead at the scene.


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