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Trial set for wreck that killed teen
Three other passengers also injured
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The trial has been set for a teen who killed a passenger when his vehicle slammed into a tree while he was allegedly off-roading in a field off Vervilla Road last year.
The driver, Ramiro R. Ibarra, now 20, has been scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 29-31. An extra day was added to what was originally expected to be a two-day trial after it was revealed several experts are scheduled to testify.
Ibarra is charged with vehicular homicide, both by intoxication and recklessness, for the death of 17-year-old high school senior Ashlyn Barnes. She was a front-seat passenger when his 1988 Chevy Blazer ran head-on into a tree near a creek bank off Vervilla Road.
Ibarra is also charged with reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle, reckless aggravated assault and possession of marijuana. The felony assault charges come for injuries to fellow passengers Holden Nunley, 19, Amber Bates, 17, and Geoffrey Washom, 20.
Authorities believe he was under the influence of drugs when he intentionally drove his 1988 Chevy Blazer into a farm field off Vervilla Road and began off-roading.
Investigators point to the fact Ibarra passed through an open gate in the dark field as proof he was under control of his vehicle when he drove it into the pasture. They discount claims he was run off the road.
Investigators pointed out his Blazer traveled 1,920 feet from the road to the tree on wet soil, giving him plenty of time to stop before hitting the tree.
Lawmen say Ibarra was traveling with enough speed to uproot a tree located at the edge of a creek.
Ibarra made bond last year after his bail amount was cut in half to $125,000.
While waiting for his trial, Ibarra has asked to have a bond condition hearing next week. He wants to ask the court to free him from having to wear a GPS monitoring device which tracks him at all times.
Specifically, Ibarra’s defense maintains using the device is cost-prohibitive since it costs $300 per month. The defense also says the GPS tracker interferes with his ability to get employment since the tracker has to constantly be charged. Regardless of the GPS tracker, the defense points out Ibarra remains under order not to leave the state.