A California teenager was booked into the juvenile detention center in Orange County over the first weekend in October. According to police, this individual is believed responsible for causing a crash that killed a total of five people. Even though the accused is underage and his case is likely to be heard in juvenile court, the charges against him are quite severe. If convicted, the potential consequences can have a significant impact on his future.
The crash in question occurred over a year ago when the teen was driving his friends home from Knotts Berry Farm. The accused allegedly lost control of his vehicle while he was driving on the freeway, causing the car to crash and catch on fire. The accused was the only survivor. All five victims of this tragedy were also teenagers -- three boys and two girls.
Investigators took quite a bit of time reviewing the case before deciding to bring charges. The accused is currently facing numerous charges, including five counts of vehicular manslaughter. It is unknown as to whether any court dates have been scheduled regarding his case.
As the accused was 16 years old at the time of the car accident, his case will likely be handled in the California juvenile court system. This does not, however, mean that the charges presented should be taken lightly, as the potential consequences could include extended detention time, jail time, probation and fines -- among others. If, for whatever reason, the case is heard in criminal court, the possible penalties may be even more severe. This young man has lost five of his friends and has likely suffered a great deal because of this tragedy. He has every right to the best possible defense to help him get through his legal proceedings with an outcome that will best benefit his situation.
Source: sfgate.com, "Teen driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 5", Oct. 3, 2015