MILTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A 14-year-old boy will be charged as a juvenile after allegedly driving a car and causing a crash that killed his 12-year-old passenger and friend, WNDU reports.
Brandon Burr of Niles is facing charges of reckless driving causing death, and a moving violation causing death.
He was driving car on Bertrand Street near 21st Street in Milton Township, south of Niles, around 2 a.m. Dec. 31, 2013 when he lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a tree, police said. The car was nearly split in half.
The passenger, Adrian Chiquito of Niles, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brandon was taken to a hospital after suffering head injuries and a shattered pelvis.
Speed and road conditions were factors in the crash, police said. Both boys were wearing their seat belts.
The boys lived together in a home shared by their families.
“They weren’t drinking, or they didn’t use drugs,” Adrian’s dad, Kevin Waldrop, told 24 Hour News 8 in January. “They didn’t do anything bad. They were just regular teenagers who made a stupid decision.”
Waldrop and his wife said they went to bed and the boys stayed up to play video games. The adults didn’t know the boys had slipped out of the house and went on the joy ride in a family car.
Police later knocked on the door and told adults about the crash, which occurred about a mile from the home.