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Charges Filed In Crash That Killed GW Football Player
Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Kallie Cart, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 16, 2012 4:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 9:48 AM EDT
Kanawha City , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The lives of two families are forever changed after a tragic accident takes the life of a high school freshman over the weekend. Now charges have been filed against the 15-year-old who was driving the car at the time of the crash.
That teenager was not supposed to be behind the wheel without an adult. He only has a learner's permit, and police believe he took his parent's car without their permission and went speeding down Quarry Ridge Road in Kanawha City Sunday morning.
That's when police believe he lost control, hit a utility pole, a tree, and then flipped and rolled down a hill. He has now been charged with negligent homicide. The driver was wearing his seat belt and walked away from the accident physically unharmed.
His friend, 14-year-old Drew Morton, was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, and died. Services for Drew have been set for Thursday at the University of Charleston.
Negligent homicide is a misdemeanor that has a maximum penalty of one year in jail. Police are continuing to investigate that accident and are awaiting results of blood tests, which is common practice in deadly accidents.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this developing story.
Charges have now been filed against the driver in an accident that killed a young football player.
Lt. Shawn Williams with the Charleston Police Department says a 15-year-old was driving the Lexus when it wrecked Sunday just before noon. The teen only had a learner's permit. He has been charged with negligent homicide.
The wreck killed his passenger, 14-year-old Drew Morton. Morton was a freshman football player at George Washington High School.
Hundreds of people poured onto the George Washington High School football field Sunday night to remember a young football player who was killed in a car crash about noon on Sunday.
Drew Morton, 14, was remembered for his kindness and fun going nature.
Police said he was in a Lexus with another teenager, who was driving on Quarry Ridge Road, when the driver lost control of the car, hit a utility pole and tree, flipped the vehicle and rolled down a hill.
The teen driving the car was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. Morton was not wearing a seat belt and died from his injuries.
Morton was a freshman at GW High School and was on the football team.
A teenager is dead after an accident in Kanawha City.
Police say the two teenagers were riding in a Lexus convertible on Quarry Ridge Road around 11:30am Sunday, when the teen who was driving lost control and hit a utility pole and a tree. The vehicle then flipped and rolled down a hill.
Police say the teenager who was driving was wearing a seatbelt and did survive. The teenager who was in the passenger seat was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries.
The name of the victim has not been released.
Police say speed might have played a role in the accident. No word if any charges will be filed.
There will be a candlelight vigil for the teenager who died at GW High School at 8pm.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest information.
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