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Charge: Teen driver's 'drifting' on gravel Scott County road flung passenger to his death

A teenager has been charged with crashing and killing one of his three 16-year-old passengers while doing thrill-seeking "drifts" in a SUV, its windows and doors stripped off, on a Scott County gravel road at dusk on a late spring evening.

Juan E. Perez, 18, of Jordan, was charged in a juvenile petition in District Court last week with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with Benjamin Camacho, 16, suffering numerous fatal injuries on May 25 in the 18000 block of Valley View Drive in Sand Creek Township.

Perez, who was 17 at the time of the crash, is scheduled to be booked into custody Feb. 1 and appear in court that day for a hearing addressing the prosecution's effort to have him tried in adult court. A message was left Tuesday with his attorney seeking a response to the allegations.


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