Teen To Be Charged As An Adult For DUI Crash That Killed Four
A teenage boy will be charged as an adult for allegedly causing the deaths of four people due to DUI. He’s 16 years old. Local 10 reports.
The crash happened on New Year’s Day at the intersection of 79th Avenue and Flagler Street in Miami. The accused boy was driving at 111 mph before he hit another vehicle, according to the police report. Two teens with him in the vehicle were injured, one of them who had been in the ICU for a TBI. The four people in the other vehicle were killed in the impact.
The accused boy surrendered to the Florida Highway Patrol on March 29. The defense attorney tried to argue that the prosecution did not have enough evidence for DUI manslaughter charges, but Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer disagreed.
The accused has been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of DUI manslaughter, and two counts of DUI serious bodily injury. Prosecutors say that they will try him as an adult on all charges and he is being held without bond.
These are all extremely serious charges, and another sobering example about why it’s so dangerous to drink and drive. Teenagers already suffer from a lack of maturity and driving skill. Adding alcohol on top of that is a recipe for destruction, as this case shows. Our condolences go the families of the deceased and we hope that the other injured teens receive adequate compensation.