- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been charged with careless driving for failing to stop at a stop sign, resulting in a crash that killed his passenger.

The Billings Gazette reports the boy appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor careless driving causing serious bodily injury or death. Judge Pro Tem Greg Murphy allowed the boy to remain free before a March trial.

Prosecutors say the boy was 15 and did not have a driver’s license at the time of the September 2015 crash near Worden that killed 18-year-old Zackery Kirkpatrick.

The Montana Highway Patrol said the boy’s car ran a stop sign and collided with a sport utility vehicle.

The Associated Press is not identifying the defendant because he is a juvenile.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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