Buddy Ricketts indicted on negligent homicide charges
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
May 27, 2010 | 1817 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bradley County grand jury has indicted a man on negligent homicide and reckless endangerment after Bradley County Traffic investigators completed their investigation.

Buddy Franklin Ricketts, 34, remains in the Bradley County Jail under $25,000 bond after he was arrested Wednesday afternoon by BCSO Traffic Unit deputies, according to reports.

On June 15, 2009, Ricketts was traveling on Old McClure Road when he crashed the 1996 Toyota 4-Runner he was driving.

Haley Nicole Valenzuela, 7, was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to reports.

Jacob Taylor, who was 5, and Shayann D. Forgey, who was 8 at the time, were injured in the crash.

Taylor was flown to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital and Forgey was transported via Bradley County Emergency Medical Service to SkyRidge Medical Center where she was later treated and released.

According to reports, Ricketts was delivering newspapers at the time of the crash and “the children were assisting him with the delivery.”

Initial investigation at the scene by Traffic Unit Deputy Anthony Cameron indicated speed was a contributing factor in the crash and “not all children were properly restrained” at the time of the crash.

According to Bob Gault, media relations officer for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Ricketts was charged with one count of negligent homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment.

He will be arraigned in Bradley County Criminal Court at a later date, according to Gault.