Philadelphia, PA - According to Philly.com, Winston Charleston, a recent graduate of Austin Meehan Middle School, has been charged with murder, among other things. Charleston, who turned 15 a week ago, stole his mother's car after she fell asleep. The joyride lasted a few hours and ended in a tragic crash, which took the life of a young man.
Earlier in the day Charleston's mother said he had been teasing her, saying he was going to take the car for a quick spin. His mother lectured him about driving before he turns 16, though it turns out that had little effect. After his mother fell asleep, Charleston took her car keys and picked up three friends. They zoomed along I-95 without headlights on and got off at the Academy Road exit. Once there, Charleston ran a red light and crashed into a Chevrolet Impala and a Volkswagen Jetta. The three teens and Charleston suffered a few broken bones and were in stable condition. The two people in the Impala were unharmed. Unfortunately, the two in the Jetta weren't so lucky. The driver, Jessica Feldman, was seriously injured and remains in the hospital. The passenger, Feldman's boyfriend Daniel Fouracre, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Though still waiting on toxicology reports, police have charged Charleston as an adult with murder and other various assault charges. They are considering the vehicle he was driving a "weapon" since he is underage and was driving without a license.
Charleston has a small history of disobedience. A few months ago he was arrested in an abandoned home where youths hung out. In order to keep him out of trouble, Charleston's parents had recently enrolled him in the Penn Academy League, rather than sending him to Lincoln High School in the fall.
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