A Gastonia, North Carolina truck driver has received the maximum sentence for his actions that caused the death of a 14-year-old Mitchell girl more than two years ago.
39-year-old Drew Davis was sentenced to 365 days in the Buffalo County Jail on an amended charge of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide for the death of Rachelle Kort.
The Mitchell teen was killed in a June 29, 2017 in a crash on Interstate 80 near the Odessa exit. Prosecutors say Davis had parked his semitrailer on the south shoulder of I-80 to look up directions, and when he tried to merge back into traffic, the truck struck the sedan in which Kort was riding.
Davis’ driver’s license was revoked for a year, and he was ordered to pay more than $1,500 in court costs and fees before his release. District Judge John Rademacher’s order granted work release, and indicated Davis could sit out the fines and court costs. Davis was also given credit for 163 days time served.