The man accused of killing two teenagers in a two-vehicle crash in 2019 was found guilty of manslaughter in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Roger Flint, 64, was found guilty on two counts of manslaughter.
Flint was driving eastbound January 26, 2019, on 45th Street near Aydelote Street when he rear ended a Ford Mustang.
Logan Deardorff, 18, and Shelby Johnson, 17, were inside the Mustang at the time of the crash.
The two Tecumseh High School students died.
According to witnesses, Flint’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the collision.
Deardorff’s mother, Cheryl Mckenzie, said there isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t think of Deardorff and Johnson.
“Those children could still be here living their life if he had made the right choice, but he chose not to,” Mckenzie said. “There will never be a day that those two don’t cross my mind, at least a handful of times. All of this suffering, all of this fight wasn’t for nothing. We wanted to take that man off of the road so no other family would ever endure what we are going though by that man.”
Pottawatomie County District Attorney Allan Grubb said Flint has a history of seizures. While his license wasn’t suspended, Mckenzie said it comes down to personal responsibility.
“Six days prior to the accident he had a spell at church (and) 16 days before, he had a spell at his doctor’s office,” Mckenzie said. “So, he had been having issues where we felt, and the judge felt he knew he was having issues and more than likely shouldn’t of been driving.”
With the criminal justice process nearing an end, the family is now urging everyone that decisions made behind the wheel can mean life or death for others.
“The first thing I would say is how much I love them and how much I miss them,” Mckenzie said. “They are deeply missed every day.”
Flint was originally out of jail on bond but has since been taken back into custody on a $200,000 bond.
A judge is scheduled to sentence Flint on October 21.