A former Anderson University assistant baseball coach has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for DUI-related charges in a crash that killed three people and injured two others.
26-year-old Riley McDermott pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of felony DUI with death and two more counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. Prosecutors say McDermott was driving drunk in November 2014 when his pickup crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. Investigators said McDermott was driving 73 mph in a 35-mph zone.
22-year-old Corey Simmonds, 17-year-old Amber Perkins and 20-year-old Jessica Roberts died in the crash. Perkins’ sister, 11 at the time, was critically injured, while Roberts’ sister also suffered serious injuries.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reports McDermott had expressed a willingness to face the consequences of his actions, not seeking bond hearings and agreeing to a guilty plea despite due to tainted evidence and a possible reduced sentence.
A former Anderson Police officer who handled the initial crash investigation is also facing charges for falsifying a police report of the incident. The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) warrant and affidavit against then-Officer Gene Frank do not specify the charges. However, the Independent-Mail reports prosecutors accuse Frank of improperly obtaining a blood sample from McDermott then falsely claiming he had sought a judge’s warrant to do so. That blood sample showed McDermott with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal driving limit.