16 Year Old Accused of Street Racing Charged with Gross Vehicular Manslaughter in Juvenile Court By Daniel Smith

The 16 year old driver of a car that crashed last week on State Route 52 that resulted in the death of two East County youths, was arraigned in Juvenile Court on Friday.  The driver denied the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and illegal street racing.

On the evening of April 3rd, the youth was driving a Passat when he lost control of the vehicle near the Convoy exit and the vehicle flipped several times before coming to a rest.  Two passengers in the car were thrown from it and died as a result.  The three others in the car were injured.

Prosecutors allege that the youth and Michael Johnson (18) were engaged in illegal street racing on State Route 52 when the accident occurred.  Mr. Johnson plead not guilty at his arraignment in San Diego Superior Court to several charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The attorney for the youth stated in Court on April 3rd that his client was not racing but that the accelerator of the vehicle he was driving got stuck when he attempted to pass a slower vehicle and the accident happened as a result.

As of April 3rd the youth was still in the custody of Juvenile Hall.

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