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Teen driver charged with manslaughter after toddler's death

Teen driver charged with manslaughter after toddler's death

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A 14-year-old Roosevelt girl has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly backed over and killed a toddler in a driveway with an SUV.

Roosevelt police say the girl was "practice driving" with an aunt when the accident occurred. The 22-month-old toddler had been playing near the house and approached the SUV unnoticed.

Duschesne County prosecutors charged the teen in juvenile court with second-degree felony manslaughter and misdemeanor operating a vehicle by a person under 16 years old.

"We believe that the death was caused by recklessness," said Duchesne County prosecutor Stephen Foote. "It's a true travesty. You know, you just don't like to see anyone die, especially a very, very young child."

Foote says he wants to try and make things right. A hearing is set for July 8.

The girl's family says she shouldn't be prosecuted.


(The Salt Lake Tribune and The Associated Press contributed this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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