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Man Sentenced in Prom Night Crash

gavelThe media has reported that a crash on April 25, 2015 took the life of Leah O’Brien, 33, a popular teacher at Lakeside High. Earlier this month, the man found guilty of causing the crash was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

According to media reports, Ramiro Gerrardo Pedemonte, who was 19 at the time of the incident, was traveling at speeds topping 100 mph when he crashed into the vehicle driven by O’Brien. The crash occurred at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Ridley Drive. Also injured in the crash was O’Brien’s passenger, her 8-year-old daughter, Kori.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, O’Brien was on her way to drop her daughter off and then was to go onto the Lakeside prom where she was planning on acting as a chaperone. Pedemonte and his passenger were reportedly also heading to the prom in the rental car the young man was driving.

Pedemonte reportedly pled guilty to reckless driving, three counts of serious injury by vehicle, and first-degree vehicular homicide. Pedemonte was reportedly sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Students were not notified of the reason for O’Brien’s absence from the prom until the following day.

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