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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.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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

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