Police: Teens were racing in deadly crash

Posted at 9:25 AM, Aug 11, 2016

Deputies say an 18-year-old girl was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles in a deadly crash in Colden that claimed the life of a 28-year-old man.

Thursday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Mercedes Castillo of Holland has been charged with a felony count of second degree criminally negligent homicide in the April 12th crash on Center Road that claimed the life of Chauncy Kloiber of Wales.

According to prosecutors, Castillo was racing a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Kody Schroeder of Holland when Schroeder rear-ended her vehicle. Schroeder's vehicle then went into a ditch.

Kody Schroeder

Kloiber was a passenger in the back seat and was killed. Tabitha Trautwein, 19, was in the front seat. She was placed in a medically induced coma and remains at ECMC.

Schroeder has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

Castillo pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of criminally negligent homicide.