N.M. man responsible for teen's death ordered to carry her photo



A New Mexico man who caused a multiple-vehicle crash that killed an Atlanta high school student was ordered to carry around the teen’s photo.


Daniel Leigh Crane, of Jemez Springs, was sentenced June 22 after he pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle in the second degree and following too closely in the August 2016 collision that resulted in 18-year-old Summer Lee’s death.


According to Henry Herald, Crane was traveling on 1-75 in a tractor-trailer when he rear-ended Lee’s SUV. The crash caused the teen’s vehicle to hit five other cars and Crane’s truck to catch fire.


Lee, who was a senior at Locust Grove High School, died as a result of the crash. Seven other people were taken to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

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A judge sentenced Crane, 50, to two years probation with 60 days to serve in jail and credit for any time he already served.


He was also ordered to carry at all times a photo of Lee and a copy of the statement her mother, Kim Lee, presented at court.

Daniel Crane has to carry around a photo of Lee after he pleaded guilty to causing the crash.

Daniel Crane has to carry around a photo of Lee after he pleaded guilty to causing the crash.

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In addition, Crane has to pay $1,140 in fines and a $420 fee for his court-appointed defense attorney, Henry Herald reports.


He also has to complete 80 hours of community service within the first 10 months, must attend a victim impact panel and is not allowed to drive in the state of Georgia.

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Kim Lee told the outlet that the family was hoping for an apology from Crane but he wasn’t remorseful about causing the collision that killed her daughter.


“In court he never apologized, not even for the wreck, but to never apologize for the life that was taken — that’s what we had a problem with,” she said. “To not show any remorse is what has torn us apart.”

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