Dixon man’s change of plea to reckless homicide delayed at least 2 weeks

Draven Z. Webb in July 2023

DIXON – A change-of-plea hearing for a 22-year-old Dixon man charged in the deaths of two Dixon 14-year-olds, which was scheduled to take place Tuesday, did not go off as planned because of some procedural issues.

Draven Z. Webb was indicted Sept. 17, 2021, in Lee County court on two counts of reckless homicide in the April 10, 2021, deaths of Reagan Middle School eighth-grader Brecken Kooy and Dixon High School freshman Cayley Krug. Another 14-year-old girl, from Amboy, was injured in the crash.

Webb faces two to five years in prison on each count.

Two weeks later, on Oct. 1, two counts of aggravated reckless driving were added, one involving harming a child and the other involving causing great bodily harm. The first is punishable by two to five years and the other by one to three years.

Webb’s new plea was delayed because the public defender’s office still is nailing down his restitution numbers and the details of consecutive sentencing involving related charges Webb faces in California, Lee County State’s Attorney Charley Boonstra said Tuesday.

A pretrial conference hearing is scheduled for April 30, and a change of plea is expected at that time, Boonstra said.

Webb was southbound on Robbins Road, driving at a rate of speed “greater than reasonable and proper with regard to the existing road conditions,” when he hit a tree south of Amboy Road about 4:14 p.m., according to the indictment.

It was raining at the time of the crash. The two teens died at the scene.

Webb then was free on a $10,000 recognizance bond when he failed to appear for a hearing on April 14, 2022.

He was arrested June 29, 2023, in Redding, California, on a $50,000 warrant out of Lee County after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop but was not brought back to Lee County until Feb. 28 because of the charges levied in Shasta County, where Redding is located.

He has been in the Lee County jail since.

Six reports claiming that Webb violated the terms of his bond release were filed in Lee County between Nov. 2, 2021, and April 19, 2022, court records show.

In addition to failing to appear that April, Webb failed to complete his substance abuse evaluation, to attend support groups as ordered by the court, and four times tested positive for using marijuana, according to the court record.

According to a news release from the Redding Police Department, about 4:30 p.m. June 29, a police bike team tried to pull over Webb when he almost struck a pedestrian in downtown Redding. After a short pursuit, Webb abandoned the car and fled on foot, hiding in a green belt area, where he was spotted trying to escape and surrendered.

He was booked into the Shasta County Jail, where he provided a false name, but fingerprint records identified him, authorities said.

Webb was charged there with reckless driving, resisting arrest, reckless evasion, driving without a license, displaying the wrong plates and being a fugitive from justice.

His California conviction and sentencing information was unavailable Tuesday.

In addition to his criminal case, on April 3, 2023, Webb was sued for damages in excess of $50,000 for Krug’s wrongful death. The case was dismissed with prejudice on Aug. 3, 2023, when an undisclosed settlement was reached.

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Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.