A teen driver from Aurora “accelerated rapidly” before striking a house and killing one of his friends, according to a DuPage County indictment released Friday.
Logan Krogman, 16, of the 800 block of Amli Court, was formally charged with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in the Oct. 23 crash that killed 15-year-old Devin Meadows of Aurora.
The felony charges accuse Krogman of punching the accelerator and then failing to negotiate a curve on Stonebridge Boulevard near Granger Middle School in Aurora. Authorities said the car hopped a curb, tore through a backyard, and plowed into a house and attached garage on the 2700 block of Hamman Way.
The 1:43 a.m. accident happened as Krogman, then 15, took his father’s car for a joy ride with Meadows and two other friends, prosecutors said. Meadows, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, was thrown from the back seat of the vehicle.
The indictment accuses Krogman, who did not have a valid license, of driving with “willful and wanton disregard” for his passengers and “in a manner likely to cause death or great bodily harm.” He is charged as an adult.
If convicted of the most serious offense, reckless homicide, he would face a range of penalties from probation to two to five years in prison.
Krogman is free on a $7,500 bond and set for arraignment on Monday. His attorney has declined to comment.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.