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Student dies in crash, driver charged

According to reports, on April 24 a 17-year-old New Jersey high school student turned herself in to authorities following a car accident that left another student dead. The female student at Emerson High School, was charged with juvenile delinquency.

Authorities stated that the accident occurred on April 22 at approximately 8:40 p.m. The student was traveling along Hasbrouck Avenue in an SUV when she allegedly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle reportedly skidded before flipping several times. It came to a rest along a cluster of trees that were lining the roadway. The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old female, was thrown from the vehicle.

The driver, the front seat passenger and a second passenger, a 15-year-old male, were all taken to a nearby hospital. The front seat passenger was pronounced dead at 1:16 a.m. the following morning. Both the driver and the second passenger were treated and released. The report noted that, had the driver been an adult, she would have been charged with second degree vehicular homicide. If she is convicted for juvenile delinquency, she could face up to a four-year stay at a juvenile correctional facility.

An underage individual who is charged with a juvenile crime could face serious consequences that could have long-lasting effects. Depending on the circumstances, a criminal defense attorney might help the minor reduce the severity of the charges or seek to have the case dismissed altogether. For example, the attorney may negotiate a plea bargain that may include rehabilitation or a diversion program instead of having the minor being sent to a juvenile correctional facility.

Source: NorthJersey.com, "Teen driver charged with juvenile delinquency in crash that killed Emerson HS senior", Nicholas Pugliese, April 25, 2015

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