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Group protests drunk driving after teen killed in crash

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Friends and family of a Johnson County teenager killed in a car accident protested outside the courthouse Wednesday morning.

Myra Castle was charged with driving under the influence following the crash that killed 18-year-old C.J. Mollett.

They stood on the courthouse steps Wednesday morning holding signs that read "drunk drivers kill" and "justice for CJ" awaiting Castle's pretrial conference.

"We don't want this woman to get off scott free. She does need to pay a price. My son lost a best friend. He was like a son to me," said Elizabeth Meadows.

Angry that Castle was released from jail on bond, Mollett's friends and family say they are trying to make a point.

"To show people how much we cared about CJ. To show people drunk driving is wrong," said Mollett's friends Bart Horne and Charley Bowen.

Castle never appeared in court Wednesday morning, but her attorney says they are working to prevent more charges.

"Judging by looking at the skid mark that's still there and other information we've gathered, we're convinced the deceased was doing an excessive rate of speed, 80-100 miles an hour prior to the accident, and essentially caused his own death," said Ned Pillersdorf, Castle's attorney.

Pillersdorf says they are still waiting on blood alcohol results to come in, but tests showed there were no drugs in Castle's system at the time of the accident.

Pillersdorf says the case will likely be heard by a grand jury within the next 30 days.

Mollett's friends and family say they will continue their demonstrations against drunk driving.

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