LORAIN COUNTY - Adrianna Young, 24, stood before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Chris Rothgery Wednesday afternoon as she entered a plea of not guilty to charges related to the death of 34-year-old Deborah Majkut of Amherst Township.
Majkut was sitting on her couch inside her Leavitt Road home last July, holding her then 5-month-old son Jaxon, when authorities said Young lost control of her car while texting.
Authorities said she also had marijuana in her system the morning of the accident. Young told investigators she swerved to miss an animal while on her way to work.
Young's automobile traveled across an open field before crashing through Majkut’s living room wall. The 34-year-old mother of two was killed, young Jaxon was trapped beneath the car, his face badly burned by the tailpipe.
"She's going to address the family at some other time,” said Eddie Young, the woman’s father, “She's very remorseful for what happened, it was an accident."
The 24-year-old broke down in tears as her father spoke with Fox 8’s Lorrie Taylor.
"She's hurting, you can see that,” he said, “But it was an accident, but we have no comment to make at this time," insisted Mr. Young.
This was not the first time authorities have accused Young of driving while under the influence. Court records indicate she pled no contest last year to operating a vehicle while impaired and having a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.
"At some occasion she wants to address the family,” responded the father, “But not right now because there's a proceeding going on."
Young is facing charges of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault and Possession of Drugs. She faces ten years in prison if convicted on all counts.