Deadly Street-Racing Accident Leads to Felony Charges for Teen

An Aurora, Illinois, street-racing accident killed one and seriously injured another on Dec. 4, 2015. The 16-year-old teen behind the wheel now faces felony charges as a juvenile for reckless homicide, as well as aggravated street racing.

A 49-year-old Aurora man and his 15-year-old daughter were in a Toyota Highlander stopped at a stop sign outside a subdivision at Shenandoah and Eola Road, less than a half mile from their house. As they pulled out onto Eola Road, they were t-boned by a Dodge Charger traveling at about 100 miles per hour.

The teen driver of the Charger was reportedly drag racing with a 20-year-old driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix at approximately 10:15 p.m. According to police, the driver of the Grand Prix was able to avoid the accident.

Both victims in the Toyota Highlander had to be extricated from their vehicle by emergency responders from the Aurora Fire Department and were transported to Rush-Copley Medical Center. The father died from his injuries early Monday morning on Dec. 7; his daughter suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The teen driver responsible for the accident sustained minor injuries.

Charges Filed

The teen driver has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated street racing. Prosecutors said the teen could be held by the Illinois Department of Corrections until he turns 21.

Citations were issued but no charges have been filed against the 20-year-old driver who was involved in the street race. As the investigation continues, charges may be filed.

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