The family of a Wasilla teen who died trying to save his friend’s life says the wait for justice has grown too long.
Austin Edenfield, 15, was killed in February of 2016 when he was struck by a truck on North Pittman Road.
Austin was walking with a friend, Will Johns, when the truck swerved onto the shoulder of the road. Edenfield managed to push his friend out of the way, but was struck himself and died at the scene.
Kim Blocker, Austin’s mom, said the family is frustrated. In the nearly year-and-a-half since her son was killed, the trial has been postponed three times.
She believes the driver, 28-year-old Bryon Melton, was high on drugs when he struck her son.
“It’s not fair,” said Blocker. “I know he’s sitting in jail but he’s here and my baby’s not.”
Austin’s stepfather, Ed Blocker, said he’s concerned that Melton wasn’t arrested for nearly eight months after the incident.
“He was driving around for months, completely free with repeated traffic stops, no license, no insurance, continuing to break the law,” said Blocker.
A representative from the Palmer District Attorney’s Office said he can appreciate the family’s frustration, although he said the case has not taken exceptionally long to go to trial. He said there have been several reasons for delays, including changes in attorneys and motions by the defense to exclude evidence.
Melton is charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and driving without a license. His trial is currently scheduled for mid-August.