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16-Year-Old Texas Resident Faces Vehicular Manslaughter Charges

Danielle Dougall2 years ago

A 16-year-old resident of Odessa, Texas faces manslaughter charges after crashing his vehicle and killing his passenger on impact.

About the Automobile Accident

Reports indicate the driver responsible for the crash was said to be driving a Ford F-150 and was traveling at a rate of 98 mph before the two-vehicle accident occurred. The victim, 16-year-old Hunter Miller, the passenger in the pickup, died shortly after the accident occurred from his resulting injuries.

A third driver, a 15-year-old girl was also said to be present in the accident but was not involved in causing the crash.

According to the Odessa Police Department, a person is considered to be an adult at the age of 17 in Texas, but it is unclear if the teen will be charged as an adult or a juvenile. If tried as an adult, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

The parents of the driver responsible for the accident could not be reached for a statement.

Texas Car Crash Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013.
    • 1,883 deaths were attributed to crashes that occurred in rural areas.
    • 767 people were killed in crashes involving intersections.
    • 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were in auto accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.

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