A St. Johnsbury man indicted for negligent homicide in 2021 for causing a crash in Bath that killed his 14-year-old girlfriend two years earlier has agreed to plead guilty to downgraded misdemeanor charges that carry several hundred hours of community service and no time behind bars. At Grafton Superior Court on Aug. 11, Jeffrey Dumais, 19, signed an agreement pleading guilty to a Class A misdemeanor count of vehicular assault that carries a 12-month jail sentence, all of which is suspended on the condition of five years of good behavior, two years probation, 300 hours of community service within two years, five years loss of his driver’s license, and no driving until he completes a driver safety course. The amended misdemeanor count charges Dumais, then about to turn 17, with negligently causing the death of 14 year old Krystina Lee Crews, of Bath, on Oct. 13, 2019, by driving an un-registered Honda Ridgeline along River Road while not licensed to drive and at an excessive speed while the vehicle had a cracked or broken frame, cracked suspension, and a broken brake line, causing the vehicle to collide with a large tree on its right rear passenger side. Crews, who was riding in the backseat on the right side, died at the scene. Her 16 year old brother, a passenger in the front seat, suffered serious injuries, said police.
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