Hearing held Friday for Ethington

On the morning of June 28, a case management hearing was held for Jayden D. Ethington.

The hearing stems from a fatal accident that took place late in the evening of June 23, 2023 in Red Bud. Ethington, who was 20 at the time of the incident, was driving a pickup truck the wrong way on East South 1st Street (a one way street), pulling out onto South Main Street and struck Kimberly A. Martin, 56, who had been crossing Main Street. Martin passed due to her injuries while being airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital.

Ethington was initially charged with improper traffic lane usage, but that charge was dropped (nolle prosequi) on July 24, 2023. However, on Jan. 12 of this year, he was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol with a crash/death, a Class 2 felony.

For more on Ethington, please see this week’s print edition.