Victims’ Mothers Speak During Emotional Arraignment for Man Accused of Running Over Two Auburn Teens

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


Heartbreak, frustration and even cheers inside a Placer County courtroom Tuesday as the driver accused of hitting and killing two teenagers in Auburn faces a judge for the first time.

"You tore us apart," said community member John Trull.

Philip Ingram, 62, was barely visible during his arraignment.

When his face did show it was expressionless.

Ingram faces two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of hit-and-run for Sunday's crash that killed 15-year-old Placer High School students Trevor Keller and Jared Gaches.

The small courtroom was packed with grieving family members, friends and community members.

Many were overwhelmed with emotions; some sobbed as Ingram's attorney entered not guilty pleas.

The judge did not accept those pleas and instead rescheduled the arraignment out of concern Ingram couldn't properly hear.

During the short appearance, the most powerful moments came when Keller's and Gaches' mothers stood up to speak.

Keller's mother said, "The rest of [her son's] life is gone and [Ingram] is still here."

Also sobbing, Gaches' mom said, "My son will forever be in a box and he deserves the same thing."

They asked for Ingram to be held without bail

When the judge granted their request loved ones cheered loudly.

Keller's aunt said her family is thankful for the overwhelming community support.

"As a small community, you guys are a part of our family as well, so we appreciate all the thoughts and the prayers," said Megan Sharpe.

The arraignment has been rescheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

According to court records, Ingram has at least one prior DUI charge from 1999.