Morgan student laid to rest, crash investigated

Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 18:23:00-05

Authorities released new details Wednesday in a crash that caused the death of a Morgan State student, the same day the 20-year-old was laid to rest.

Morgan State student Adedire "Dire" Ososanya died Dec. 17 after a head-on collision in Prince George's County.

Related: Morgan State University mourns 20-year-old student killed in head-on crash

He was laid to rest Wednesday in Clinton, Md. following a funeral service.

As friends paid their final respects, questions about the potential for charges against the other driver involved in the deadly crash were circulating on social media.

Police said 31-year-old James Scott Calero lost control of his car and crashed with Ososanya. Online court records show Calero was initially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and eight related traffic offenses, however the state dismissed those charges the next day.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Prince Georges County State's Attorney's Office explained the charges were filed in error before the investigation had come to a close.

"Normally, with motor vehicle crashes involving fatalities, charges are not filed until the entire investigation has been completed. This includes full accident reconstruction, toxicology reports and anything else that needs to be done," the statement reads.

"This ensures that if the investigation warrants charges more serious than traffic citations, such as a motor vehicle manslaughter charge, they can be filed all at once.  If a person received citations after the crash, they could go to court and pay those and then we would not be able to charge them with manslaughter (if the investigation ends up warranting that charge) because it would be double jeopardy," the statement continues.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing and, if appropriate, charges could be filed once the investigation is complete.

"Today is a very, very, very tough day for all of us within the Morgan family as we bid farewell to an outstanding young man, Adedire Ososanya, a junior (indeed, Mr. Junior) at the University," President at Morgan State said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

Ososanya, who was known by many as "Dire," served as "Mr.Junior" in University's Student Government Association royal court. 

He recently became a member of Omega Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and was well know for his involvement in at Morgan State University.
In just 5 days, more than $20,000 was donated to the Go Fund Me page to help cover funeral costs and arrangements by family and friends.

*WMAR Staff contributed to this report.