A Petaluma man was ordered Friday to stand trial on two felony child endangerment counts in the death last year of a 13-year-old boy who was on the way to a birthday outing at Lake Mendocino.
Michael Lee Krnaich "acted like a 12-year-old himself instead of a chaperone for 12-year-old boys," Deputy District Attorney Matt Hubley said after the hearing.
Trevor Smith Field
Petaluma American Little League President Thomas Perry welcomes Trevor's family, friends and fans to the newly refurbished field. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma Fabulous Women founder Krista Gawronski and project director Fred Hillard address the crowd. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Trevor's mother, Pam Smith, cuts the ribbon officially opening the new field. Also pictured are Petaluma Fabulous Women founder Krister Gawronski, Trevor's father, Joe, and brothers, Dylan and Tyler SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Joe and Pam Smith look at Trevor's framed jersey and cap. His No. 18 will be forever retired by the Petaluma American Little League. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma Fabulous Women wore T-Shirts honoring Petaluma's "Angel in the Outfield." SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Allison Geoffrey holds up wood carving of Trevor she presented to the Smith family. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
While her husband offers advice, Pam Smith delivers the first pitch on Trevor Smith Field. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Pam Smith delivers a strike. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
300 Trevor Smith T-Shirts were donated for participants in the Petaluma American Little League's Home Run Derby, a fundraiser for the Trevor Smith Scholarship Fund. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Joe Smith puts a lot of oomph into his pitch. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Family and Little League supporters pose for a group photo. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
A replica of the Trevor Smith Memorial Plaque attracted a Little Leaguer's attention. The real plaque is enroute and will be placed soon. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Shane Bell, Trevor's cousin, holds up his home run derby medal. The home run derby benefited the Trevor Smith Scholarship Fund. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Hayden Baswell, 8, shows off his home run derby medal. Hayden will be playing on Trevor Smith Field this spring. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Petaluma's Fabulous Women have a group hug prior to the Sunday, March 10 dedication of Trevor Smith Field, named in memory of Little Leaguer Trevor Smith who died in a traffic incident last June. A fundraiser by the Fabulous Women provided funds and the spark for the field project. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Pam Smith shows Fred Hillard wood-carved portrait of Trevor. SUMNER FOWLER/FOR THE ARGUS-COU
Mendocino County Judge Richard Henderson ruled there was enough evidence to proceed with the prosecution of Krnaich, 42, on charges he was criminally negligent when he had eight children, ages 9 to 13, push his truck and boat/trailer when he ran out of gas on Highway 101 after ignoring the fuel warning light.
Trevor Smith, 13, of Petaluma, was killed when he slipped, fell and was crushed by the trailer as the rig picked up speed.
"None of this was necessary," Henderson said at the conclusion of Friday's preliminary hearing.