Boy, 15, faces serious charges in crash that killed girl

LAS VEGAS - Nearly a month after a 17-year-old girl was killed in a car crash, a 15-year-old boy is behind bars with charges related to her death.

The crash happened early in the morning on July 28 near Cheyenne and Clayton in North Las Vegas.

Currently, the 15-year-old faces charges for possession of a stolen vehicle and hit-and-run resulting in death. Officials say he was behind the wheel during the crash that took Brittanie Brown's life.

The vehicle Brittanie was riding in jumped a curb, then rolled, and destroyed a bus stop.

The driver and another passenger ran away. Two other passengers, who were injured, were taken to University Medical Center.

It took nearly a month after Brown was left to die in that crash in North Las Vegas for anyone else in the car to come forward and talk with authorities.

8 News NOW talked with defense attorney John Momot, who doesn't represent the teen boy, about factors that will be taken into consideration in this case.

"You can't rush to judgment in a case like this. This kid is going to have to be looked at to see if there are any developmental problems, or mental problems. To see if he's competent to assist his attorney or the court and to understand these charges. You've got a 15-year-old here," attorney John Momot said.

With a crime of this nature and given the age of the alleged driver, the court may transfer the case from juvenile to the adult criminal justice system. Those same charges could result in 2 to 20 years in prison if the teenager was convicted as an adult.

It's unclear if anyone else in the vehicle the night of the crash will face charges.

 


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