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Charges filed in wreck involving five teenagers

By ErinPradia
April 4, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.


Investigation of a wreck initially believed to involve five teenagers has led to a criminal investigation of a sixth teen.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit identified Michael Williams Jr., 19, of Victoria, as the driver of a sport utility vehicle that wrecked in the 800 block of North Ben Wilson Street about 3:45 a.m., March 25, said Victoria Police Sgt. Eline Moya.

One of the boys in the Chevrolet Trailblazer was hospitalized with serious injuries, she said.

The seriously injured boy is recovering, Moya said, but due to the nature of his injuries, the Victoria Police Department is pursuing a criminal case against the driver.

The department has submitted a case for review by the District Attorney charging Williams with felony failure to stop and render aid, Moya said.

The teenagers were traveling south on North Ben Wilson Street when the driver lost control for an unknown reason causing the vehicle to fishtail and then strike a telephone pole, a fire hydrant and an entrance pole to Stroman Middle School, before coming to rest about a block away, Moya said.

The three 16-year-old boys were injured. Two were treated and released from local hospitals, but the third was admitted.

The two girls, also 16, were not injured.

Police will not release the names of the 16-year-olds involved at this time, Moya said.

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