Dad 'guilty' in fatal crash

Friday, July 20, 2012
Edwar Daniel Petatan-Rendon stands with translator Edmee Degan and attorney Brenda Bramlett as he pleads guilty to three counts of reckless endangerment. His 4-month-old daughter was killed and two other children injured in a traffic accident last year. (T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)

A Shelbyville man will serve a year of probation after pleading guilty Thursday to charges stemming from an accident on the Shelbyville bypass last year that claimed the life of his 4-month-old daughter.

Charges of reckless homicide were dropped, as well as three of the six counts of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, against Edwar Daniel Petatan-Rendon, 26, of Smith Street.

Suspended sentence

He was sentenced to 11 months, 29 days on the three counts, all of which were suspended except for 11 days, which he had already served.

Petatan-Rendon made the plea before General Sessions Judge Charles Rich during disposition day, where suspects either have preliminary hearings or make pleas before their cases are bound over for a grand jury.

On Oct. 22 of last year, Petatan-Rendon drove his Volkswagen Jetta into the path of a pickup truck at the intersection of State Route 437 (the Shelbyville bypass) and Railroad Avenue east of Shelbyville.

Fatal crash

The crash led to the death of Betzariri Petatan-Rojas as well as serious injury to Danielis E. Petatan-Rojas, 4, and 2-year-old Edgar Daniel Petatan-Rojas. All three were ejected through the rear window of Petatan-Rendon's vehicle.

According to State Trooper Barry Qualls, safety seats were in use but improperly attached, and the children may have escaped without serious injury had the seats had been used correctly. The child seat that Betzariri was in had been thrown several feet from the car.

Petatan-Rendon was represented by attorney Brenda Bramlett.