A 17-year-old crashed his vehicle in Texas, which killed his 18-year-old best friend and injured two other teens in the vehicle. Now, police say the teen has been charged with felony murder.
Around 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 2, police said Charbel Boueri, 17, was driving a 2020 Chevy Camaro and speeding when he crashed into a sign while turning right onto the feeder on the Grand Parkway in Spring, Texas.
According to authorities, the front passenger was 18-year-old Christopher Lujan, who was not wearing a seatbelt. He died at the scene.
Lujan’s father told ABC 13, “They’re best friends. I don’t have any regrets. I loved both of them.”
Police said two girls, ages 13 and 14, were in the backseat. One of them was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.
The two teen girls were taken to the hospital in critical condition, authorities said.
Boueri was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said. Investigators spoke to Boueri in the hospital and they said he displayed several indicators of being drunk.
Sean Teare, the chief of vehicular crimes with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, told ABC 13, “Because of the age of the two passengers, who are 14 and under, [Boueri] is being charged with felony murder with the front passenger and two intoxicated assaults for the two female passengers.”
The case remains open and under investigation. Teare said he is looking for who provided Boueri with alcohol, as adults who provide alcohol to underage children could face criminal charges, ABC 13 stated.