Stockton man sentenced for fatal DUI accident

Updated 10:30 am Monday to correct Cole’s age at the time of the accident. Hay’s post apologizes for the error.

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STOCKTON — A Stockton man will spend more than three years in prison for a DUI crash that killed a 16-year-old Plainville girl in 2021.

Zebulun Thomas Cole, who was 20 at the time of the accident, was sentenced last week in Rooks County Court to 41 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol.

When he pleaded guilty to the charge in November, Cole admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol on April 29, 2021, and causing a crash which resulted in the death of 16-year-old Carole Leanne Adamson of Plainville.

Cole was driving westbound on Kansas 18 west of Plainville at approximately 9:30 pm April 28, 2021, when his pickup hit an SUV that was disabled on the side of the road.

The collision caused the SUV to strike and kill Adamson, who was standing next to it.

An Iowa woman, Maranda Payton-Louise Kuhl, was also injured in the accident when the SUV hit a Dodge pickup she was standing next to.

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