RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Closing arguments have wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Trevor Boldi, who is accused of striking and killing 15-year-old pedestrian Katie Weingartner with his truck in June 2017.
Family and friends of the victim and the accused were present in Judge Kathleen Drakulich's courtroom Tuesday, with visible tears filling the eyes of people on both sides.
Prosecutors are seeking to convict Boldi of Reckless Driving Causing Death, a category 'B' felony. Should the jury determine a lack of sufficient evidence to convict Boldi of this charge, they have the option to convict Boldi on the lesser charge of vehicular manslaughter.
Deputy D.A. Matthew Lee said that, in order to convict Boldi of Reckless Driving Causing Death, three points must be proven:
Reno Police detectives testified that, given their assessment, Boldi’s driving was reckless. They said Boldi told officers at the scene that he was “going a bit fast”, “I was doing, like, 60.”
Some eyewitnesses in a trailing car said they saw that Boldi “floored it to make a prior light,” about a half a mile before the crash.
According to prosecutors, Katie died instantly, saying she was thrown 215-264 feet from the crash site. Investigators said they concluded Boldi was going 65-73 m.p.h. in 35 m.p.h. zone.
Other testimony indicated that Weingartner and her friend were jaywalking across the street when Boldi struck her; the victim’s friend got out of the way and watched as Katie was struck by Boldi’s new white Ford F-150.
The defense argued that this case is about proving Willful and Wanton Conduct and the prosecution has not been able to successfully prove intent or reckless disregard for other safety.
Defense Attorney Tom Viloria told the jury to look at two things:
The defense went on to say any negligence was on Weingartner's part, regardless of Boldi's speed.
If Weingartner had stayed on the sidewalk, she would not have been hit and killed, according to the defense.
Viloria also alleges the possibility that Weingartner was distracted by her phone, since witnesses said the girls had them out and were using them as flashlights.
The defense also spent time refuting the prosecution’s expert analysis; specifically the lack of reports filed by police officers.
Witnesses said the girls were warned by one of the witnesses to go up to the crosswalk just before they were hit.
One of the passengers in Boldi's car said they initially thought they hit a deer because they did not think it was likely for someone to be crossing the street at that time.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.