Kassidi Barrett Found Not Guilty Of Vehicular Homicide

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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Friday, May 27, 2011

The woman charged with vehicular homicide for the June 4, 2010 death of 25-year-old Tusten Edward, has been found not guilty.

24-year-old Kassidi Barrett was charged for hitting and killing Edwards as Edwards was stopped on the side of Kellogg to remove a tire that was blocking part of the roadway. Barrett told authorities she looked down briefly at her phone, when she looked back up her airbags had deployed. Police say Barrett hit the back of Edwards' truck, which caused it to roll over him.

This morning, the state called to the stand several drivers who witnessed the crash. Some of them testified they did not see Barrett slow down as she approached Edwards' truck, and that she was 'drifting' to the left side of the roadway towards Edwards' vehicle before she hit it.

One witness, who was also involved in the crash after Barrett hit his vehicle, says he saw Edwards' truck with its hazards on about a mile away.

Two Wichita Police officers were also called to the stand. One testified he could see Edwards' vehicle from about 3/4 mile away as he approached the accident. The other officer testified Edwards' truck was protruding around a foot into the left lane of Kellogg.

He also testified Barrett had around five feet to the right of her, in the same lane, where she could have been driving to avoid hitting Edwards.

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