(Erie County District Attorney John Flynn spoke on the case this afternoon. The full conference will be uploaded to this page soon.)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 16-year-old driver charged in the crash that killed four teenagers near Routes 33 and 198 was arraigned in court Friday morning.
The teen, who has been released under supervision, was arraigned on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.
Since the teen is being considered a flight risk, he has been ordered to wear an ankle monitor. He’s scheduled to be back in court on December 12.
The vehicle was stolen sometime after 8 p.m. on Sunday night, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said. His office says it was reported stolen from Marine Drive earlier that morning.
The crash occurred around 6:40 a.m. Monday morning when the vehicle rolled over.
Five of the six occupants, everyone except for the driver, were ejected from the vehicle.
Killed in the accident were the following, who were all sitting in the back:
- 19-year-old Marcus Webster
- 17-year-old Swazine Swindle
- 16-year-old Kevin Payne
- 14-year-old Ahjanae Harper
A teenager who was sitting up front, identified as a 14-year-old female, survived the crash, but as of Friday afternoon, remains hospitalized. In a conference, Flynn said he’s heard she’s doing “better.”
An order of protection was issued on the girl’s behalf. The driver is not allowed to be in contact with her, Flynn said.
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