Driver Sentenced to Three Years for Bicyclist’s Death Last May

December 31, 2018


By Tali Hunt, The Madison Courier

Nicholas A. Griffin, 25, the driver of a vehicle that struck 18-year-old Grant I. Adams on May 27 as Adams was riding a bicycle on U.S. 421, was sentenced this morning in Jefferson County Circuit Court to three years with one year suspended to probation with community corrections.

Nicholas Griffin

Adams, who was a junior at Madison Consolidated High School, died as a result of his injuries.

Griffin was arrested May 28 on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

He submitted an open guilty plea to this charge to the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Testimonies were given in the case during a sentencing hearing in the circuit court on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Griffin failed to “provide reasonable assistance to Adams” by notifying law enforcement as soon as possible after the accident, the affidavit at the time of the arrest said.

Griffin tested positive for marijuana, that affidavit says.

Brad Demaree, the Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy, who investigated the accident and the case, said in an affidavit that the department received a call about 3:30 a.m. on May 27 reporting a bicyclist was struck on U.S. 421.

Grant Adams

Demaree said deputies found Adams unresponsive on the ground with a heavily damaged bicycle nearby.

Demaree testified that Adams was alive when first responders arrived on the scene.

Demaree’s affidavit says that later that day Dave Griffin contacted Sgt. Jeff Neace saying “his son came home in the early hours and stated that he struck a deer on U.S. 421 around 3:30 a.m.”

Later that day, Nicholas Griffin went to the sheriff’s department.

The affidavit said he said he was traveling north on U.S. 421 when he collided with something in the roadway.

Nicholas Griffin told the investigators he pulled over and got out but did not see what he had hit.

He said he believed he had hit a deer that ran away.

Here is a Video Report we produced right after the tragic incident occurred last May: