LORAIN, Ohio-- A 17-year-old has been charged in the crash that claimed the life of his passenger.
The suspect was driving with Cameron Friend, also 17, on Kansas Road in Lorain on July 13 when he lost control of the car, police said. The car hit a tree, a parked SUV and a house before catching on fire. Friend died of his injuries while the driver was incapacitated.
The teen driver was taken into custody Thursday morning and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, which is a third-degree felony.
"Any time some dies as a result of a crash that could have been prevented, it's very unfortunate," Office Kyle Gelenius said in a news release on Thursday. "Sadly, (suspect name redacted) is going to have to live with the regret of killing his best friend for the rest of his life. I hope this tragedy serves as a warning to other teen drivers that their actions can cause people they care about to senselessly lose their life."
The Lorian Police Department released the name of the teen suspect, but FOX 8 News does not identify juveniles.
The crash recently made news when the man accused of recording the crash's aftermath was arrested. Police said Paul Pelton, who was already charged with trespassing, went to the home of the teen driver. Pelton now faces charges for intimidation.