WILKES-BARRE – A year and a half after being declared a delinquent and sent to live in a group home, an 18-year-old charged in a wreck that killed his 16-year-old friend is free.
Adam Fredmund appeared before Luzerne County Judge David Lupas, where his attorney on Thursday asked that his supervision be terminated because he has completed his court-mandated programs.
Fredmund, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was charged in juvenile court with homicide by motor vehicle, underage drinking and other charges after the July 18, 2011, crash that killed Brian Madry.
Fairview Township police and county detectives said Fredmund had been drinking alcohol at a party before crashing a 2004 Kia Optima on Lake Road, an isolated road in the Glen Summit section, early in the morning.
Madry, of Wright Township, was a passenger in the Kia. An autopsy determined he died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Fredmund, of Fairview Township, was declared a delinquent in September 2011 and then ordered to reside in the United Children’s Home in West Hazleton, a group home, participate in drug-and-alcohol counseling, complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service and other terms.
On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Mamie Phillips said Fredmund has done everything Lupas asked of him and would be an example to others on how to handle themselves after being criminally charged.
“We wish him well … he’s moving in the right direction,” Phillips said.
Madry’s parents were present in court Thursday, as was Fredmund’s mother, and spoke on Fredmund’s behalf.
Lupas said the most important ingredient in Thursday’s proceeding, as well as Fredmund’s case as a whole, has been the support of the Madry family. “They have encouraged you to succeed,” Lupas said. “They have lost a child, but they are helping to save another.”
Lupas said Brian Madry would be proud of the strides Fredmund has made, as well as the way his family has handled a difficult situation. “You have a bright future,” Lupas said. “(I hope) you continue to move forward in a positive direction.”