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17-Year-Old Charged With Vehicular Homicide For Crash that Killed His Father

Fatal crash investigators have charged a 17-year-old with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault and driving without a license in connection with a single-car crash at 6:45 a.m. today that killed the teen’s father.

The 17-year-old was driving a Toyota Camry inbound in the 1300 block of S. Dickerson Pike when the car left the roadway and struck a utility pole. His father, Francisco Camaja-Taperia, 52, of Madison, was riding in the back seat and was not wearing a seatbelt. He was fatally injured after impacting the windshield.

The 17-year-old smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking earlier. Both he and a front seat passenger were wearing seatbelts and were not seriously hurt.

The teen was booked into juvenile detention.

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