MEDFORD, Ore. — A local man entered a guilty plea for criminally negligent homicide on Wednesday, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office. The charge stemmed from a crash in January of 2018 that cost the life of a 7-year-old girl.
The DA's office said that 25-year-old Devyn James Baldovino had been driving his 1985 Ford truck eastbound on Highway 140 around 6:30 p.m. on January 29, 2018. Also on Highway 140, at the intersection with Lakeview Drive, Jordan Bailey was stopped with her left turn signal on as she waited to turn. Bailey was driving a Scion with her three children in the car.
Baldovino ran squarely into the back of Bailey's car.
"A witness on scene indicated that Mr. Baldovino never braked prior to colliding with Mrs. Bailey's car," the DA's office said.
First responders found Bailey and two of her children injured in the crash. 7-year-old Madison Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators did not find evidence that Baldovino was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, nor could they get an accurate calculation of his speed. However, a trooper did seize Baldovino's phone after coming to suspect that the case involved distracted driving.
Data from the phone indicated that Baldovino sent a number of text messages while driving between when he left work at 6:17 p.m. and when a witness made the 911 call about the crash just after 6:30 p.m.
"Although there is no way to tell if Mr. Baldovino was using his phone at the time of impact, the evidence from his phone clearly established he was distracted while driving and not focused on the roadway in front of him," the DA's office said.
Following Baldovino's guilty plea on Wednesday, Judge Lorenzo Mejia delivered an 18-month suspended prison sentence, 3 years of probation, and 90 days in jail "up front." If Baldovino serves out his probation without violating the terms, he will not have to serve the prison time.
"This case serves as an example of the dangers of distracted driving and cell phone usage," the DA's office said. "A seven year old girl lost her life, and her family is forever impacted by the events of this night. Those same events and choices will also haunt Mr. Baldovino for the balance of his life."