Trial postponed in thrill ride death

Kayla Foster

MICHIGAN CITY – The jury trial for a local woman charged in February with the reckless homicide of her best friend has been postponed.

Kayla M. Foster, accused of driving the car from which 20-year-old Tiffany A. Butts was thrown and ultimately killed last year, will return to La Porte Superior Court 1 for a status conference on July 25.

Her July 8 jury trial was canceled to allow her new lawyer time to review her case. Court records say attorney Jason Denny has replaced Foster's previous counsel, Mark Woodcox.

In addition to vacating the trial, Judge Michael Bergerson also placed the 20-year-old Foster on pretrial probation and ordered her to undergo random drug screenings while she remains free on the $10,000 cash bond she posted in April.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, an eyewitness told Michigan City Police she witnessed Butts climb atop Foster’s car voluntarily, and tell Foster to “go faster” as she drove south along Swasick Avenue between the Knapp Elementary School playground and Earl Road on Sept. 23, 2018.

Foster reportedly told police she didn’t realize Butts was no longer on top of the car until she reached the intersection of Earl and Swasick.

When police arrived, officers noted Butts was lying in the street, bleeding from her head. She succumbed to her injuries on Oct. 30 at South Bend Memorial Hospital, where she’d remained in critical condition since the accident.

Foster was charged in February with a single count of reckless homicide as a Level 5 felony, punishable by up to six years in prison.

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