Update: Mom of teen killed in golf cart accident walks the driver out of court after the driver's guilty plea
Posted at: 06/11/2012 12:27 PM
| Updated at: 06/11/2012 6:20 PM
By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com
She's just 18 years old and now she's looking at one to four years in prison for a crash that killed her friend.
Cortney Greene was the young girl who was driving a golf cart in the middle of a country road with her friend in the passenger's seat. That friend, Zach Rusin, died after the cart was hit from behind by a car in the town of Byron, Genesee County last fall.
Greene pleaded guilty this morning to criminally negligent homicide and driving while ability impaired.
But we learned something strange about what happened when Ms. Greene walked out of the court building. She, her lawyer and another woman left through the back door. (We managed to get video of them). And that's when we learned -- from Greene's lawyer -- that the woman escorting Cortney Greene was the mother of the young man she killed.
Greene admitted that she was driving the golf cart that was in the accident. Greene, her lawyer and the rest of her family did not want to talk on camera. Rusin's mother was the person who drove greene away from court.
The accident happened last November -- just after Thanksgiving. It was midnight and Greene was driving a black golf cart in the middle of the road. It was hit from behind by a car coming over the crest in the road.
"My husband said there's a car out front. Then he looked and he says there's bodies," Marsha Crawford said.
The day after the accident we talked to Crawford. She ran out to help the people in the crash. She remembered seeing Zach Rusin lying on the road and Cortney Greene over top of him.
"She just said call 911. I said I did. And she says he's dead. I said no he's breathing. He'll be okay. And she just kept rubbing him and telling him to wake up, wake up," Crawford said.
Today Greene told the court she is in her second year of college. She will be sentenced in September.