NORTH FORSYTH — The teenage driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior last June faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide.
According to Forsyth County Superior Court records, 18-year-old Adam Robert Joseph DiMillo was sentenced to 15 years and will serve the first five in confinement, with the remainder spent on probation, pending good behavior.
Superior Court Judge David Dickinson allowed DiMillo to complete a residential substance abuse treatment program before reporting to the Forsyth County Detention Center on July 20, when he will then be transported into the state penal system, according to court records.
The June 1 crash on Kelly Mill Road at Rockingham Run, near Post Road and the Telfair subdivision, claimed the life of Paul Louis Castell Jr. Authorities have said it occurred shortly after the two teens and three other passengers had left a party that reportedly involved as many as 60 minors and alcohol.
Charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and possession of alcohol by a minor, among additional vehicular homicide charges, were merged into one count as part of DiMillo’s plea May 15.
DiMillo, who was 17 at the time of the crash, must also pay a $3,230 fine, complete 200 hours of community service and pay $10,848 in restitution to the family of Castell to assist with funeral costs.
The crash occurred when the pickup truck DiMillo was driving spun out of control after entering a curve on Kelly Mill at a high rate of speed, causing the back of the truck to strike a telephone pole.
Castell Jr., also 17, of Dawsonville, was sitting in the back seat without a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
The three other male passengers, ages 15, 17 and 18, were taken to North Fulton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One was also a rising senior at North.
DiMillo and the two other teens had left the school district earlier in the year, school system officials have said. DiMillo had been on probation for two incidents involving alcohol prior to the fatal wreck.
He was cited for possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor at a Forsyth County school on the morning of Feb. 3 and was released to his parents.
Shortly after, he was seen walking along a road. Authorities charged him with pedestrian under the influence after determining he had left home while still intoxicated.