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A teenager surrendered on Monday to face manslaughter and homicide-driving charges in a high-speed crash on New Years Day in Miami-Dade that left four dead and two of his friends seriously injured, authorities said.

The 16-year-old traveled to the Florida Highway Patrol in Miami to face four counts of homicide and driving, four counts of manslaughter and two counts of impaired driving causing serious injury.

According to an arrest report, the teenager was driving a Chevy Tahoe when he crashed into a Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of West Flagler Street and Northwest 79th Avenue just before 4 a.m. on January 1.

The Hyundai was in a left turn when it was boned by the Tahoe, sending it nearly 300 feet from the crash site, according to the report.

Before the collision, a Miami-Dade police officer spotted the Tahoe moving at high speed, and the officer started chasing the Tahoe and was behind him when it crashed into the Hyundai, according to the report.

Authorities said data from the Tahoe showed it was traveling at around 111 mph just before the crash on a stretch of West Flagler where the posted speed limit is 40 mph.

“The data logger revealed that the accused was traveling at a speed of 111 miles per hour one second before impact, just to put that in perspective for you, the speed limit on Flagler is 40 miles on time, “FHP Lt. Alex Camacho said Monday.

All four people in the Hyundai were killed instantly, according to the report. They were identified as Yuhlia Gelats Barzaga, 21, the driver; Christian Mohip, 22 years old; Andrés Zacarias, 21 years old; and Jenser Salazar, 21.

“The violent nature of the accident caused the driver’s seat of the Hyundai to become dislodged and land on the passenger seat,” according to the report. “This caused the seat belt to rupture and the front passenger to be ejected from the vehicle.”

The 16-year-old driver from Tahoe had two passengers, who were also 16, and all three only had a learner’s license, according to the report.

The teenage driver sustained minor injuries, but one of his passengers suffered a broken shoulder, an orbital bone fracture requiring a titanium plate to the face and cerebrospinal fluid leak, according to the report. He may need to have a drain in his head for the rest of his life and was still in intensive care on Monday, according to the report.

Tahoe’s other passenger had a broken hand that also required a titanium plate, according to the report.

Authorities said Barzaga had neither alcohol nor drugs in his system, but the teenage girl driving the Tahoe had both.

“Her blood came back with no alcohol, no drugs, no nothing, she was doing the right thing, while on the other end the 16-year-old defendant was doing the wrong thing,” Camacho said. First off, driving, 16 years old with a learner’s license, not even licensed to drive alone, he has marijuana in his blood, he has alcohol in his blood, and he drives 111 miles a day. ‘time.”


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