A Fort Lauderdale teenager accused of driving a stolen car and being involved in a crash that left a Parkland woman dead was charged with vehicular homicide, grand theft auto and 14 other offenses.
The Broward state attorney’s office is charging Eric Janard Abraham, 17, of Fort Lauderdale, as an adult.
A judge ordered bonds totaling $666,000 during Abraham’s court appearance Wednesday, when he wore an orange jumpsuit and used a walker.
Christianne Weiner, 53, taught fourth-graders at Coral Springs Elementary School before her death Dec. 27. Her students and colleagues were offered grief counseling when they returned to class Jan. 9, the school district said.
A Toyota Corolla had been reported stolen from Miami Gardens. Its license plate triggered an alert after being read by surveillance cameras in Coral Springs on the morning of the crash.
As officers tried to stop the Toyota, which Abraham was driving, it ran a red light on West Sample Road at Northwest 101st Avenue, Coral Springs police said.
Weiner was in a white Mercedes-Benz sedan with her 11-year-old son. She had the green light as she traveled north on Northwest 101st Avenue when the cars collided, according to police.
She was declared dead at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach. Her son was flown by helicopter to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. His leg and internal injuries were not life threatening, authorities said.
Abraham and his three passengers were taken to Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach. All had serious injuries, according to police.
Tyree Goodwin, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft. He was freed from jail on a $3,500 bond.
The two other passengers are juveniles and as of Wednesday, they had not been charged in the incident, the state attorney’s office said.
A police report described how one boy in the front seat of the Toyota had facial injuries and multiple leg fractures, while a rear passenger had a serious eye injury and internal injuries.
Abraham’s lawyer, Mitchell Bruce Polay, said he could not comment on the case.
Abraham was also charged with five counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding at a high speed, causing serious bodily injury or death; four counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury and five counts of driving without a valid license, causing serious bodily injury or death, court documents show.
Broward County Judge Kal Evans ordered Abraham to not contact the victims or his co-defendants; to surrender his passport and to not have firearms. If he is able to pay bond and is released from jail before trial, he will have to wear a GPS monitor and he cannot drive, the judge said.
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