Teen in Cinnaminson fatal crash charged with manslaughter
MOUNT HOLLY - The teen behind the wheel of a speeding stolen car that plowed into a semi in Cinnaminson two weeks ago, and cost a Palmyra High School student her life, has been released from hospitalization and now faces criminal charges.
Authorities in Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina's office filed a first-degree count of aggravated manslaughter, second-degree charges of vehicular manslaughter and eluding,and a third-degree theft count, Coffina announced today.
The teen's identity is shielded in deference to his age, but Coffina filed a petition to waive the case from juvenile court and try him as an adult.
After release from Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, he was transferred to the Burlington County Juvenile Detention Center in Pemberton Township.
The car, reported stolen in Cinnaminson, was southbound on Route 130. Investigators claim that when local police tried to direct the car to a stop on the roadside, the teen accelerated instead.
Kassidy Bush, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.
The Prosecutor's Office did not disclose whether the teen has legal representation. Assistant Prosecutor Courtney J. O'Brien is conducting the county's case.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.
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