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Carmel teen faces charges in April 9th crash

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Hamilton County - A Carmel teen, who allegedly sped away from police and crashed into a utility pole, killing two of his friends, now faces multiple charges.

The 15-year-old driver and lone survivor of the fiery April 9th crash is now headed down a road that the state of Indiana refers to as juvenile delinquency.

If not for his age, and a decision by the Hamilton County prosecutor, he could be facing serious felony crimes in adult court.

He's officially charged with:

Two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter
Resisting Law Enforcement
Two counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, causing death

The charges stem from a police chase April 9th along curvy stretches of River Road between 121st and 146th Streets.

According to a dispatch timeline, the three-minute pursuit began when Officer Brian Martin spotted a speeding SUV and tried to pull the driver over. The vehicle took off.

At 10:48 pm, the officer reported the pursuit

At 10:49, he says the SUV is "heading back on River Road."

At 10:50, a road supervisor asks "why the vehicle is being pursued." 

A minute later, Martin says, "The vehicle just hit a telephone pole..and was on fire."

The 15-year-old driver managed to get out, but his two friends, 15-year-olds Jordan Moss and Jordan Poirier, were trapped. They died inside the burning vehicle.

Police call the crash the result of "aggressive driving" and issued a ticket to the unlicensed driver.

The juvenile court will take up its case in August.

Prosecutors indicated early on that the case would not be waived to adult court.

The delinquency filing comes as Carmel Police still await toxicology reports for the same 15-year-old driver.

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