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14-Year-Old Dead, Police Say Friend Responsible

A 15-year-old eastern Kentucky boy has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of wanton endangerment following an accident that killed a 14-year-old girl.

Police say the boy, whose name was not released, was at the wheel when he lost control of the BMW he was driving in Boyd County. The vehicle struck a garage and a telephone pole during the accident.

Tiarra Nicole Phillips of Flatwoods, a passenger in the car, died at St. Mary's Medical Center after suffering head and chest injuries. Two other passengers suffered minor injuries during the accident.

The boy allegedly fled the scene following the crash and spent several hours hiding in the woods. He was eventually taken to St. Mary's with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say he could face additional charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

Funeral services for Phillips, who would have been a freshman at Russell High School in the fall, are scheduled for Thursday.


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