DeKalb football player should not have had passengers

DEKALB, Ind. (WOWO): The DeKalb High School football player who was driving a car that was involved in a fatal crash shouldn’t have had any passengers.

The DeKalb County Deputy Sheriff said “he was within the 180-day period for a probationary. Technically he should not have had any passengers when he had the accident,” according to the Journal Gazette.

Derek Padilla, 17, got his probationary driver’s license on June 9 and Indiana law says newly licensed drivers can only have adult passengers with valid licenses.

On Sept. 2, Padilla was driving to grab food with his teammate, 16-year-old Lucas Oberkiser. Padilla allegedly failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of County Road 40 and County Road 19.

A Jeep hit Padilla’s vehicle. Padilla died at the scene of the crash and Oberkiser died overnight Monday from his injuries.

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