HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County judge has appointed an attorney to represent a teen accused of causing two crashes in south Huntsville earlier this year, one of them deadly.
Circuit Judge William Bell appointed Patrick Tuten guardian ad litem to Gunner Scarano. A guardian ad litem is often appointed for minors who can’t represent themselves in court.
Tuten will act on Scarano’s behalf in a civil lawsuit filed against him. Scarano, a teenager, is accused of causing two crashes on Bailey Cove Road in May 2013. Scarano’s father, Richard Scarano, is also named in the lawsuit.
A local injury attorney filed the civil lawsuit on behalf of his client, Amy Creech and her daughter. They were in a vehicle police say was hit in the crash.
Jaden Coppens, a 10-year-old girl, died in the crash. Seven others were hurt. Read more background on the case.