Police: Man who hit Lakeside teacher in crash was doing 100 mph

Bond was set at $55,000 Friday for the man charged in the wreck that killed a teacher at his DeKalb high school last week.

Channel 2 Action News reported that police say, Romiro Pedemonte, 19, was travelling in excess of 100 miles per hour when his Dodge Charger T-boned the driver’s side of a Hyundai Sonata driven by Leah O’Brien.

O’Brien was turning left onto Scott Boulevard from Ridley Circle in Decatur. She was dead at the scene and her daughter Kori, 8, was seriously injured. A second daughter, Rachel, 10. is being cared for by family members.

Pedemonte and his date, and a fellow student at Lakeside High School, were headed to the school’s prom last Saturday night, which O’Brien was to chaperone later that night.

He appeared in court Friday on charges of felony vehicular homicide and felony serious injury by motor vehicle, Chanel 2 reported. He was also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.

O’Brien taught family and consumer science at Lakeside, and Pedemonte was a student in one of her classes. She was also the faculty adviser for the Purple Diamonds dance team, which performs at basketball games and other sporting events.

O’Brien’s funeral was Saturday. An education fund to provide for her two daughters has also been established, “Leah’s Lil Angels.” The fund can be reached online at www.gofundme.com/Leahslilangels.

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