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Teen Driver Indicted in Deadly Crash in Lee County, Alabama

January 27, 2020

LEE COUNTY, AL- writes that a teenager was indicted this week for manslaughter charges relating to a crash that took place last May. The sixteen-year old's bond was revoked last month, and he was reportedly in a treatment facility.*

The court revoked the young driver's bond after he received to citations for speeding and one for driving recklessly just months after killing a married couple in a tragic collision.

Reports from the initial collision indicate that the defendant was under the influence of marijuana when he drove at 89 miles an hour into the rear of the victims' SUV. Police say the boy was still accelerating on impact. The teen was traveling south on Shug Jordan Parkway in a Jeep Laredo, and the victims were stopped at a red light in a Toyota Highlander. The impact led to the defendant’s car, striking a pedestrian before crashing into a light pole.  

The victims' Highlander was shoved completely through the intersection. The victims, a 52-year-old man, and a 53-year-old woman, both suffered fatal internal injuries from the force of the impact.

A police officer pulled the teen over two months ago when he clocked the boy’s vehicle at 68 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. Just one day later, he was caught driving 62-miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Police stated that the defendant’s vehicle was fishtailing and veering into oncoming traffic. Police cited him for speeding and reckless driving. When they pulled him over, officers stated he smelled like marijuana. Investigators found small amounts of the drug in the vehicle on the floorboards. 

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