Aug 5, 2014 12:02 PM by Associated Press

Charges may come for Phoenix teen in fatal crash

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors say they are considering homicide charges against an unlicensed teenage driver who caused a car crash last year that killed four people, including his younger brothers.

The Arizona Republic reported ( Tuesday that Phoenix police are recommending a 17-year-old boy be charged with four counts of negligent homicide.

According to court documents released last week, police say the boy, who was 16 at the time, was speeding Aug. 5, 2013 when he crashed head-on with another driver.

Authorities say three children and the driver of the other car died. The teen and three siblings were hospitalized.

Police also say the teen's mother, 33-year-old Dettra Deann Johnson, should face a child abuse charge for allegedly allowing him to drive.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office says it is reviewing the recommendations.


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