Teenager Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Connection With Deadly Crash

Thursday, a Lexington teenager facing charges in a crash that killed a 14-year-old boy appeared in court.

Police charged a passenger in the car, 18-year-old David Childress with five counts of wanton endangerment.

Police say Childress let the victim, 14-year-old Larry Chowning III, drive the car.

Police say Chowning lost control of the car which ran off Bryan Station Road and hit several fences.

Childress plead not guilty to all of the charges against him.

The judge then set a preliminary hearing for September 21.


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  • by Jade Location: Lexington on Sep 19, 2008 at 10:53 PM
    i think childress deserves to be put behind bars!!!! he had NO RIGHT to let Larry drive the car....I will NEVER forgive him for the fact that I LOST MY BEST FRIEND!
  • by Magan Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    I honestly think that they shouldnt do nothin to david because he has to live the rest of his life knowing he gave the keys to larry an having to wacth your bestfreind die right in front of your face is enough sufforing he should go through.
  • by beatty Location: lexiington on Oct 8, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    I think that david should be charge but not that heavy because he is young and a greatful person in my opinion cause i have been friends with him for 4 years he did wrong but so did the kid that was driving and putting the rest of the people in the car in danger. they both should have known better and now at both lost
  • by Kortney on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM
    I am really confused on what should happen. I mean I think that it should be enough that David watched his friend loose his life i in a way think that that is enough but in a way i dont know what to think. Larry was a person who wanted what he wanted but i fony hink that that gave David the right to put the keys in Larsons hands. sorry
  • by Ashley Location: Lexington on Aug 31, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    David Childress should not be charged. I agree that what he did was wrong, but my cousin Larry is gone because of alot of people's mistakes including his own. I feel that loosing a friend is enough punishment. However I agree completely with charging the Aunt. She shouldn't of given David Childress the keys to her car. David is only eighteen. Even though the law considers him an adult that doesn't make him one. He was stupid, there is no doubt about it. But he paid for his stupidity with the life of his friend, isn't that enough?
  • by Tammy Location: lexington on Aug 27, 2007 at 04:03 AM
    Midy, are you stupid, it is against the law for a 14yr old to drive. he is not old enough to get a permit. and the 18yr old should know that and should not of allowed him to get in his car. he also disobeyed the law himself and should be charged. When he is old enough to drive then he may get in the car. but till then no. The guy should be charged with hi death and endangering the other kids that were in the car. but to the kids that were in the car with him should of had more sense not to get in the car with a kid that is not old enough to drive. wake up alot more people could of been hurt and thank god no one else got hurt. one is to many. Now grow up.
  • by regina Location: lexington on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    i think that the 18 year old should have a charge of involuntary manslaughter. this 18 year old let this boy drive the day before the accident on 75 to mt.vernon. i know because i am the child's aunt. this boy was already guilty of letting another minor drive and he blatently disobeyed the law, he has no reguard for authority if he did then my newphew would still be here starting his new school year at bryan station. do not forget that this 18 year old had the car out that night and his driving priveldge was revoked for speeding another blatent disreguard for authority. the law is doing larry a disservice by not charging this boy with involuntary manslaughter. if larry was given a gun by this 18 year old and larry killed himself what would the charge be. not only was larry and the other teens life at jepardy because of the blatent disreguard of the law the other motorist on kentucky's roads are not safe. it is easy for others to feel sympathy for childress they have not lost family.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 24, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    Midy, if you are seriously saying that there is nothing wrong with 14 year old kids driving or adult "friends" letting them, you are either very young or you should be charged with total stupidity.
  • by Connie Location: Frankfort on Aug 24, 2007 at 06:00 AM
    I would not look for the young man to get anything for this! It's Kentucky's way, to let criminals go free! However, break a city ordinance, and you'll go to jail! No wonder people elsewhere, think we are dumb hillbillies! We are when it comes to justice!
  • by midy Location: stanton on Aug 23, 2007 at 02:46 PM
    i think that the 18 yr should not be charge with the 14 yr murder the 18 yr was just be a friend and try to show him how to drive ... it was not a big deal of him driving the car the big deal is he is gone and there is nothing u can do ... specially when a 14 yr wants to drive a car i have seen so many 14 yr drive so it no nothing new about a 14 yr driving a car

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