A 13-year-old driver who survived a fiery car accident that killed three passengers has been charged with three counts of manslaughter.
The driver was stuck at youth care on Tuesday The St-Louis dispatch.
Florissant Police Officer Steve Michael said the suspect has been handed over to St. Louis County Family Court in Clayton, west of downtown St. Louis.
Agent Michael did not identify the boy.
Three boys were killed in the crash: two aged 13 and one aged nine. On Tuesday afternoon, none of them had been positively identified, the shipment reported.
Dental records or DNA testing may be needed to establish their identity after the vehicle burst into flames.
The car hit a tree around 1:45 a.m. Monday and caught fire on South New Florissant Road. The driver was the only person in the car who survived and was treated for unspecified injuries Monday.
Officer Michael said the speed at which the car was traveling was an issue in the crash. He declined to add anything further The shipment.
He did not specify whether the car had been stolen, how fast the 13-year-old had driven, whether the police had chased the vehicle before the accident or whether the children in the car were related.
The officer wrote in an email to the newspaper that investigations like this “take a lot of time, so I don’t have any new answers for you”.
It was also unclear whether the teen driver’s arrest would go ahead.
“We’re just not allowed to comment on juvenile cases,” public information officer John O’Sullivan of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court told the press.
Juveniles are detained in the state of Missouri if they achieve a certain score on a scale based on the person’s criminal history and possible past violent behavior. The county did not comment on the teen driver’s assessment or whether he was in custody, according to The shipment.
The county court’s website states that children will be detained after they are considered a threat to themselves or others, and will remain in custody until a judge can hear their case in the juvenile court.
If a prosecutor argues that a minor should be tried as an adult, that will be decided by a judge during a certification hearing.
Authorities have the names of those they believe died in the crash and police have since contacted their families, but their identities will not be made public until positive identification.
Local residents have previously complained about speeding on the road where the accident took place, where the speed limit is 35 mph.
Traces on the lawn at the accident site showed the vehicle was traveling north and deviated to the right of the roadway. The car ran over a berm used for parking, drove up a grass-covered slope, crossed the driveway of a house before hitting the tree.
The oak stopped the vehicle just 4.5 meters from the front door of a house. The house has a sign out the front indicating it’s for sale and it appears to be empty, the shipment reported.