PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A fourteen-year-old boy has been ordered to stand trial for murder as an adult in connection with a fatal car crash last month in Northeast Philadelphia.
Witnesses testified today during a pretrial hearing for Winston Charleston that the teen was speeding in his mother’s car moments before causing the fatal crash about 2 AM on June 28th near the intersection of Academy and Willits Roads (see previous story).
Investigators say Charleston had just graduated from middle school and had turned 14 just days before.
According to today’s testimony, three friends in the car with Charleston at the time were all pleading with him to slow down or let them out of the car.
Police estimate that the car was traveling about 85 mph after exiting I-95 when he lost control and crashed into another car being driven by a young woman.
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Her boyfriend, a passenger in that car, was killed immediately. He was identified as Daniel Fouracre, 22, of Mallard Drive in Bensalem. Several other people including the woman were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Charleston’s defense attorney is not disputing that Charleston was driving the car but wants him tried as a juvenile; a motion to that effect was pending.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060