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updated: 11/2/2012 10:09 PM

15-year-old driver charged with reckless homicide

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  • Metea Valley High School student Devin Meadows was killed Oct. 23 when a car he was riding in went out of control and smashed into a house's garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way in Aurora.

      Metea Valley High School student Devin Meadows was killed Oct. 23 when a car he was riding in went out of control and smashed into a house's garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way in Aurora.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Devin Meadows

      Devin Meadows

 
 

The 15-year-old driver in the Oct. 23 crash that killed Metea Valley High School sophomore Devin Meadows has been charged as an adult with reckless homicide.

Logan Krogman of the 800 block of Amli Court in Aurora turned himself in Friday afternoon after being charged with the felony. He was released from custody after posting $7,500 for his $75,000 bail.

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"At 15 years old, Logan Krogman had no business being behind the wheel of a car," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. "This is a senseless tragedy that did not have to happen.

Authorities say Devin Meadows, also 15, was riding with three friends in the early morning in a fast-moving Chevrolet Malibu that struck a curb and crashed into a house's attached garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way. The Malibu was Krogman's parents' car.

Devin, who police say wasn't wearing a seat belt, flew out of the back seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The three other 15-year-olds in the vehicle had minor injuries.

"Driving a car is not a right. It is a privilege that is earned once a person is 16 years old and has had the proper training," Berlin said. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Devin Meadows."

Officials said at the time they didn't believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Investigators had speculated the four teens were "joy-riding or pulling some type of prank," and police were trying to confirm speculation they've heard from students that the teens might have been stealing pumpkins with the intention of piling them up in front of a girl's house.

"These types of tragic cases are certainly difficult to try and make sense of," said Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas. "Our department's thoughts are with the Meadows family on the loss of their son and with Logan and his family as they cope with lives that have been forever changed."

Krogman's family couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Reached by phone Friday evening, Devin Meadows' father declined to comment.

Krogman's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 3.

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