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According to the Chicago Tribune, last September, a single-vehicle car crash killed the passenger in the vehicle, a southwest suburban teen. The driver, who was 16 at the time of the accident, has recently been charged. According to officials, the driver has been charged with reckless homicide, aggravated reckless driving, and reckless driving. The driver’s name has not been released due to the fact that he is being charged as a minor. The driver is now 17.
The spokesman for the Will County state’s attorney’s office, Charles Pelkie stated that the charges were filed on Friday, December 14th, 2012. The homicide charge is a Class 3 Felony, so if the driver is charged as guilty he could spend anywhere from 2 years or until his 21st birthday in juvenile prison.
The victim of the car crash, Jay Vana who is from Homer Glen was not wearing his seatbelt during the crash. The driver was also going over the speed limit of 35 mph. The police were contacted immediately after the crash at 8:38pm on September 25th.
The driver of the Ford Pickup truck had lost control, which made the truck flip and strike a tree. It caused the two teens to be thrust from the vehicle. They were both taken to the hospital in New Lenox, where Vana was pronounced dead.
The driver claimed to the police that he lost control of the car while trying to swerve from a deer in the road. But later, it was found that from two teens that were dropped off before the accident that the road where the crash was, is known as a great place to race because few police cars are parked there.
If you or anyone you know has been recently affected by a car accident and have suffered from personal injury be sure to contact an attorney from Martoccio & Martoccio. Call to receive a free initial consultation at 630-920-8855.