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Teen Charged With Murder In Deadly Northeast Philadelphia Crash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police identified 15-year-old responsible for a fatal crash in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

It happened at about 2 a.m. near the intersection of Academy and Willits Roads.

A 22-year-old man, identified by police as Daniel Fouracre of Mallard Drive in Bensalem, was killed and several others were hospitalized.

According to accident investigators, 15-year-old Winston Charleston of the 7100 block of State Road took his mother’s Chrysler Sebring without her knowledge. Three other teens were also in the car with him as he allegedly sped off the Academy Road exit from I-95 without his headlights on.

Police say Charleston ran a red light and slammed head-on into a red Volkswagen, killing Fouracre. The driver, Fouracre’s 20-year-old girlfriend Jessica Feldman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The Sebring also crashed into another car that had two people inside. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The teen passengers, ages 15 and 16, were taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and all are expected to be OK. Charleston was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital.

Police are testing the 14-year-old driver to determine if alcohol or drugs may have been a factor.

Charleston has been charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault, Involuntary Manslaughter, Homicide By Vehicle, Accident Involving Death-No License, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Unauthorized Use of An Auto.

Reported by Anne-Marie Green, CBS 3; Jim Melwert, KYW Newsradio

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  • Andrew McKenna

    This young man will live with this for the rest of his life. None of you know this teenager or his parents so stop being so judgmental. He will pay, so stop you primitive cut throat behavior. We have all made mistakes in our lives but this kid will pay dearly for his mistake. An innocent life was taken and for that I am sad. Karma comes to everyone. I pray for both families and friends of all involved.

  • Kevin

    Well, if he didnt do this now, it would only be a matter of time before he went to jail for something else. Hang Em’ High.

  • Dan

    How can anybody say the parent(s) of the kid have nothing to do with what happened? They have a lot to do with this. He is a juvinile living in his parent(s) home. That makes them responsible…somewhat.

    Not only should they make the kid who was driving attend the funeral, but he and the other two who were with him, should also go to the funeral parlor to see the body preparation of the poor guy who died.

    I have no sympathy for the three teens who were in the car. Let justice take its course. Just hope they get what they deserve and then some. Maybe it’s time to set the bar high for stupidity such as this.

  • whatever

    i think its absolutely crazy that everyone is fighting instead of just paying your respects. The law will handle this on their own. They don’t need anyones opinions on who to blame. Its obvious that 14 years old is old enough to know right from wrong. so yes, he should be charged. His parents have nothing to do with this.

  • Bob

    Way to unnecessarily bring race into a situation that doesn’t warrant it. This case has absolutely nothing to do with race and shouldn’t even be mentioned at all.

    Nice job…are you proud of yourself for attempting to open a can of worms? I bet you are.

    • Kira

      Well said…..

  • John

    This is 3rd degree murder AT BEST. The most he’ll get is like 10-15 years.

  • bob

    just another let down for Philadelphia-gun crimes every night,now this

  • ba_benny_boy

    lets not blame the parents please…sum people have to work and sleep at 2am we try to raise are kids the best we can …but the child chose their own path

  • Ray wilson

    your the type of people they kill….enjoy your day.

  • Kristian Rhim

    i knew him and his brother his brother played for my basketball team and he played for the older guys he never seemed like the person that would do something like that

  • someone who cares

    14 yrs old hes old enough to know right from wrong MAKE HIM RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS ACTIONS!!!!!!!!!! PARENTS CAN DO SO MUCH AT HIS AGE HE KNOWS WHATS RIGHT AND WRONG

  • linny

    Lou Agre, who was running for a Council seat in Roxborough did the same thing when he was that age, but his daddy got him a good lawyer and he got off scott free. Hope this kid doesn’t get off.

  • blazed22

    I knew him he was my very good friend sucks to see him commit such a careless act’; free muh boy winston’!

    • Deja

      :) thats my cousinnn

  • Shawn Robertson

    That kid’s eyes look dead and cold. What kind of life has he seen?

    • DUH

      Shawn, you are SOOOOO wrong. The look in his eyes is one of a PUNK who doesn’t think he’s done ANYTHING wrong. Wake up and take off the blinders you DUMMY!!

    • SLAPPY

      Nothing like the one he’ll see in prison….DO THE CRIME, DO THE TIME.

    • Leslie Brown

      He looks scared sh!^less.

  • Shawn Robertson

    Parents? Can they be called that? Dear God, I feel for the family of the young man killed. I pray for comfort for the family of the deceased.

  • KDurant

    I’m sure the Kid did not do it on purpose. He was STUPID YES. HE WAS CARELESS YES. He should get the CHAIR… NO

    • Southeasterner

      Say again,

      1 – Took the car, ON PURPOSE
      2 – Drove without a license ON PURPOSE
      3 – Ran a red light, ON PURPOSE
      and on and on, all ON PURPOSE

      Even a 14 year old knows that when you run a red light, people die. Ryan Dunn and this kid are the same. Murderers plain and simple. Dunn got off easy. This kid will never be a productive member of society. Say he gets counseling, once he does, reality will set in that he murdered someone, then he’ll have that to live with. Most likely he’ll just end up on a another murder spree.

      Life is NOT a video game!!

      ACCOUNTABILITY – without it, we are all doomed.

      • Sean

        LOLOL wow…so running a red light and killing someone in a car accident = will never be a productive member of society? What kind of logic is that?

        If anything, this is more of an vehicular manslaughter case moreso than a murder case. He’s charged with murder, but it’s likely for 3rd degree murder which could possibly get reduced to vehicular manslaughter or even involuntary manslaughter. This kid will be just fine and can’t really get anymore than 10 years in prison based on PA’s crime sentencing scoresheet.

      • Southeasterner

        Sean, accident = unforeseen incident. Unfortunately, that is NOT the legal definition, so you are probably correct about how he’ll be charged. Today, though, I read that he was charged with murder. Now, maybe the write is using it as a broad term, or perhaps society is fed up with calling this purposeful acts, accidents.

        When you drive drunk and wreck the car, that is NOT an accident.
        When you speed, weave in/out of traffic, that is NOT an accident. Most of the wrecks you see on the highway and during rush hour, are NOT accidents. They are the purposeful act of an idiot, myself incldued. We’ve all driven too fast for conditions and when a wreck results it is our FAULT! I have not wrecked and hopefully am old enough to drive with more care. But had I wrecked when i was younger, it would have been my fault, NOT an accident.

        Unless a mechanical failure, or act of nature, causes a wreck, it is NOT an accident. So, once this kid realizes that he willfully killed someone, how do you suppose he recovers from that??? You live with it, but you never recover from it, I don’t care what the psycho-babblers say.

        “This kid will be just fine.” What right does he have to be just fine?? I can’t believe you even wrote that. Everytime I read comments in these sections, it just reaffirms my desire to steer clear of a courtroom. I can’t imagine being judged by 12 folks who think like you…

      • Leslie Brown

        Why would you say he will never be productive?

  • Jim Wilmer

    What gives a 15yr. the confidence to pull this prank. In backing up he smashed tthe bumper or sideswiped a parked car how would he explain it to his parents? He done this before, is the only explaination. So if any cars in the area were hit while parked at night, you know now you is responsible.

  • Josh

    I know this kid Danny, lived across from my parents house. I know the family. This is so sad and sickening. RIP buddy!

    • sad in bensalem

      Dan was a fun loving, kind-hearted human being. My heart goes out to his many friends and family!! I hope that the stupid idiot that did this gets adult time for his adult crime!!! RIP Dan!! We will miss you!!!

  • Steph

    I was there last night what was the 22 yr ols name?

  • Steve

    The kid that died had just left Alberts bar. I was seriously talking to him right before he left…. Very kool guy… this 14 yr old should do life in prison for being a complete idiot

    • kate

      very sad, the 14 yr old needs to go to jail, i don’t understand how you don’t know your kid isn’t in the house at 2am– but do you think this was the first time this kid tried to pull something over on his mother or parents?
      RIP to the young man who died, and to his girlfriend God will get you through this,
      the passengers in the kid’s car also need to be taught the difference between acting like a responsible person and being a pure idiot– and being a passenger doesn’t buy you a “pass” on this one.


        kate why are you blaming the parents for-real… im pretty sure hitler parents didnt raise him to be the way he was your….but i feel bad for the kid who died and his family same thing happen to my family but drunk driver

    • Peter

      And the kid that died didn’t drink and drive. This is why we don’t let 14 year olds drive. They are clueless

    • Hater

      Steve, sorry for the loss of your friend.

  • the judge

    This kid should get the chair and his parents should get life in prison.

    • ba_benny_boy

      yeah bc his parents were driving your a jerk

    • David

      Incredibly dumb comment.

    • Jim

      You’re an idiot if you think parents are to blame. What’s the mom supposed to do, hide her keys every night when she comes home? Park her car in another subdivision so that her son can’t find it? Stay up all night to make sure her son is in his bedroom asleep? LOL Give me a break!

      You’re a moron; a huge, uneducated, unrealistic, and irrational moron.

  • jack markowitz

    Stupid is as stupid does. I hope they throw the book at this pus boil ignorant jerk.

    • Leslie Brown

      You don’t even know this kid. If he were your son would you want people talking about him like that? People are so big and bad on a comment board.

  • Mike

    If your 14 years old, what are you doing out at 2:00am. Why didn’t his parents know where he was at that time of night??????

    • Mike J.

      Yea man, parents stay up all night, every night and enter their kids bedroom every 5 minutes…

  • Kiana

    Omg this is crazy this is down the st from my house. I’m driving my mom to work & my daughter like mom look @ that car wow so crazy All Academy rd is basically blocked off& every news station u can think of is out there. God bless the ones that was injured in this & God blessed the family of the young girl that died bcuz some kid wanted to go joy riding

    • anon513

      It was a 22 year old MAN that the 14 year old KILLED.

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