News: Teenager facing charges over crash in West Miami-Dade that killed 4

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Posted: April 1, 2021

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL - A 16-year-old accused of causing a crash that killed four people on New Year's Day in West Miami-Dade County has turned himself in, according to WPLG.

This is an update to a previous story.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the teenager was driving a Chevy Tahoe SUV at over 100 miles an hour when he crashed into a Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Southwest 79th Avenue and Flagler Street at about 4 a.m.

Four people in the Hyundai all died in the crash: Yuhlia Gelats-Medina, Andres Zacarias and Jender Salazar, all age 21, and 22-year-old Christian Mobil. 

The driver is facing multiple criminal charges, including four counts of reckless vehicular homicide and four counts of DUI manslaughter.  Tests showed he had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to detectives. The FHP said he did not have a driver's license, just a learner's permit.  

The 16-year-old entered a plea of not guilty at a court appearance on Tuesday. A judge decided to hold him in detection until his next hearing on April 19.

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