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Teen driver in wreck that killed SM East student will spend 13 months in juvenile detention

Jay Senter - August 7, 2018 7:53 am
Prairie Village police on the scene of the fatal car crash on Cherokee Drive in February.

A 16-year-old SM East student will spend 13 months in juvenile detention for his role in the Prairie Village car crash that led to the death of a classmate early this year.

Drew Welch was carrying two passengers in a white Dodge Charger on Cherokee Drive February 7 when the car was rear ended by another car. Court documents say Welch panicked after the initial contact, and sped away. The driver of the other car pursued them and Welch continued to flee, reaching speeds above 80 miles per hour. The car hit a patch of icy road and lost control, leaving the road and striking a tree.

SM East sophomore Alex Carney sustained critical brain injuries in the crash. He spent a week on life support before succumbing to the injuries. The second passenger, also an SM East student, suffered major injuries in the wreck as well, but recovered.

Investigators say they did not find evidence that substance use played any role in the crash.

Welch pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter in Johnson County District Court last month, according to the Kansas City Star.

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