Aggravated DUI Charges Against MSU Student Reduced
19-year-old Sawyer Thomas Steede originally was arrested on the stiffer penalty following a September 17 accident that killed Kaleb Barker.
He died when the pickup Steede was driving lurched in reverse and over a curb at the Starkville McDonald’s, throwing Barker and another student from the bed of the truck and running over him.
But the Oktibbeha County grand jury reduced the charge to first offense DUI after Steede’s attorney Rod Ray presented expert testimony from the truck’s computer system that Steede didn’t push on the gas, but instead the truck accelerated on its own.
No trial date has been set for the DUI charge.