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Teen pleads guilty in accident that kills brother

There is bound to be guilt and remorse felt by a driver after negligent acts cause injury or death to others. Many times these dangerous behaviors impact strangers, passersby or other drivers, but for one Colorado teen, her decision to drink and drive impacted her family and took the life of her own brother.

The 19-year-old, Colorado woman plead guilty to vehicular homicide charges, following the drunk driving accident that claimed the life of her younger brother earlier this year. The female driver, who later tested positive for both alcohol and marijuana, lost control of her vehicle while driving her 16-year-old brother and one other passenger. The vehicle rolled off the road, ejecting her brother before coming to a stop on its side. The brother was declared dead at the scene while the driver and other passenger suffered only minor injuries.

The teen driver who was initially charged with numerous counts including underage drinking, driving under the influence, and careless driving could face up to six years in prison for reckless vehicular homicide in the death of her brother.

While recent years have had many parents thinking distracted driving is the new threat to young lives, the truth is, any behavior that takes focus off the road is a threat. Whether it is texting, talking or drinking, certain activities carry a greater risk of harm to others. While we often lose loved ones at the hands of someone else's negligent behavior, for this Colorado teen, the life of her brother was lost at the hands of her own.

Source: The Denver Post, Colorado Springs teen pleads guilty in crash that killed her brother, Jesse Paul, Aug. 21, 2015

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