VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: Dalasta Ruled Unfit For Trial

Posted on: 9:55 am, May 10, 2013, by , updated on: 09:50pm, May 11, 2013

The man responsible for a crash that killed two children and severely injured their mother has been ruled unfit to stand trial in the case.

Kevin Dalasta appeared in Polk County Court Friday morning for Judge Glenn Pille’s decision.

Ankeny Police say Dalasta ran a stop sign in May of 2010 and crashed his truck into a van carrying Heather DeJoode and her three children. Five-year-old Carson and five-month-old Claire were killed in the crash and Heather suffered major brain injuries.

Dalasta was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for the crash but Judge Pille says he is not mentally fit to stand trial.

Dalasta had been suffering from seizures even before the crash and reportedly lied to obtain a driver’s license. During medical examinations to determine his competency, doctors said he was permanently disabled.

Judge Pille says doctors don’t believe Dalasta will improve, but if he does it’s possible he could be tried at a later date.

Troy and Heather DeJoode were in court Friday and visibly upset over the judge’s decision. Heather held up a photo of Carson and Claire for Dalasta to see and left the courtroom crying.