Two boys were pulled out of a white Chevrolet Camaro after it smashed into a tree in November. One boy died last month and on Saturday, the other was charged with murder.
St. Petersburg police charged Myles Abbott, 14, with vehicular homicide/third-degree murder. According to police, Abbott drove the stolen 2014 Camaro with Alijah Armstead, 15, in the passenger seat a few days before Thanksgiving.
Abbott struck a dip in the roadway near 11th Avenue S at 40th Street and smashed into a tree, police said. Both boys were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police said.
Armstead died Jan. 1 as a result of the crash, police said. Because Armstead died as a result of a felony (car theft), Abbott is charged with murder, police said.
Abbott is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
As word spread of the charges, opinion was divided about whether the 14-year-old driver should have been charged as an adult. Meanwhile, the mother of the 15-year-old who died said she fears more children will die if nothing is done.
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