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Judge Calls 13-Year-Old Accused Murderer 'Beyond Parental Control' Following Deadly Joyride In Parents' Stolen Car

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May 14 2023, Published 10:04 a.m. ET

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A northern California teenager charged with two counts of murder in a deadly car crash recently pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Police said the 13-year-old boy, whose identity was not publicly disclosed, stole his parents' car for a joyride last month. The car smashed into two others after going through an intersection in the Yolo County town of Woodland.

Tina Vital, 43, of Woodland died at the site of the crash. She had attended a memorial service before the crash.

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Vital's granddaughter Adelina Perez, 4, died four days later.

The crash left at least eight other people injured. Two of them are Vital's son and daughter, who have broken bones and burns.

The accused murderer also was injured. He recently appeared at his hearing in juvenile court in a wheelchair, wearing a neck brace.


“This minor is beyond parental control,” Judge Jerene Beronio said. The Davis Enterprise reports she ordered the teen remain behind bars.

Then the suspect's mother collapsed in a courtroom aisle. Firefighters who happened to be in attendance took her away on a stretcher for treatment.

The teen faces 13 charges, including the two counts of murder. He's also accused of vehicular manslaughter, evading a peace officer, child endangerment, vehicle theft and driving without a license.

A hearing on the charges is scheduled for May 3.

Vital's fiance told the Woodland Daily Democrat that she recently had become a truck driver.

Separate accounts for the two people killed in the crash are set up on GoFundMe. The fund for Vital had almost $36,000 in donations Thursday morning, while the fund for Perez stood above $20,000.


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