Teen Driver in SR 52 Crash Arrested

Teen involved in fatal crash on State Route 52 April 4

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    The 16-year-old driver behind the wheel of car that crashed on State Route 52 last week was arrested Thursday.

    The teen faces two charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and two counts of participating in a speed contest resulting in injury, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The crash on April 4 involved two cars of teens ages 15 to 18. The drivers of both cars are accused of traveling over 100 mph on SR-52.

    One of the cars lost control and flipped, ejecting two of the passengers who died on the scene. The driver and two other passengers were injured.

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    One the injured passengers, 16-year-old Charlotte McQuillen, recently woke up from a five-day-long coma. The driver of the car that crashed was also McQuillen's boyfriend.

    After hearing that he had been arrested, a spokesperson for McQuillen's family issued this statement: "At this time all of the family's efforts are towards the care for Charlotte."

    The driver of the car that did not crash, 18-year-old Michael Johnson, was arrested immediately after the accident. Johnson pleaded not guilty to five charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and speed contest resulting in injuries to another.

    Authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of the driver of the car that did crash. He, accompanied by his dad, turned himself in at the San Diego CHP office Thursday morning. He was arrested and booked into the San Diego County Juvenile Detention Facility.

     

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