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Man indicted for reckless homicide in crash that killed teen

She was a star athlete with big dreams, but a horrible crash took her life.

Now, nine months later, a grand jury in Franklin County has indicted a man for reckless homicide, in the death of a 17-year-old high school student.

Trista Shoemaker died in January, after police say Kevin Butler's SUV crashed into her car.

Police say Butler was speeding and talking on the phone when he ran a red light and crashed.

"2011 has been the worst year of my life," Bettie Jean Doss, Trista's mother, said. "I just miss her so much. Sometimes I don't know what to do."

Doss says the accident could have easily been avoided.

"I'm just angry. I don't know what to say. I'm just angry," Doss said.

Trista was a popular member of the volleyball team at Western Hills High School.

On Thursday night, her teammates and coaches will pay tribute to her.

"For Trista, we'll play as hard as we can and give our hearts and play as hard as she did every game," teammate Sarah Robinson said.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland says Butler could face one to five years in prison if convicted of reckless homicide.


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