Teen’s joyride turns fatal

Win­ston Char­le­ston’s joyride be­came a night­mare for a Bucks County fam­ily after the 14-year-old Ta­cony boy crashed his mom’s car in­to two oth­er vehicles on Academy Road early last Thursday, killing one man and in­jur­ing four.

Ac­cord­ing to Phil­adelphia po­lice, Char­le­ston, of the 7100 block of State Road in Ta­cony, stole the keys to his moth­er’s 2002 Chrysler Sebring and took three friends on a joyride early that morn­ing.

He was seen speed­ing north­bound on In­ter­state 95 and ex­it­ing at Academy Road at about 2:15 a.m., po­lice said. With head­lights turned off, Char­le­ston al­legedly blew through a red light at Wil­lits Road, lost con­trol of his vehicle and crashed head-on in­to two oth­er cars in the south­bound lanes of Academy Road.

Daniel Four­acre, 22, of the 5200 block of Mal­lard Drive, Ben­s­alem, was a front-seat pas­sen­ger in a 2002 Jetta driv­en by his girl­friend, Jes­sica Feld­man, 20, of Hunt­ing­don Val­ley. The im­pact mangled the pas­sen­ger side of the Volk­swa­gen. Four­acre was pro­nounced dead at the scene with mul­tiple trau­mat­ic in­jur­ies.

Feld­man was taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale, re­portedly for treat­ment of a shoulder in­jury, broken el­bow and broken fin­ger. She is ex­pec­ted to sur­vive her in­jur­ies.

Char­le­ston’s vehicle also struck a south­bound Chevy Im­pala, but the oc­cu­pants of that vehicle — a wo­man and man, both 22 — re­por­ted no in­jur­ies.

Among the three teens who were in the car with Char­le­ston, two were taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale for treat­ment of mul­tiple broken bones, cuts and bruises. A third pas­sen­ger was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren with un­known in­jur­ies. All are ex­pec­ted to sur­vive. Au­thor­it­ies did not re­lease their iden­tit­ies.

Char­le­ston was also taken to Aria Health-Tor­res­dale with a com­plaint of neck pain. He was treated and re­leased to po­lice cus­tody. Au­thor­it­ies have charged him as an adult with murder, ag­grav­ated as­sault, in­vol­un­tary man­slaughter, hom­icide by vehicle, ac­ci­dent in­volving death/no li­cense, simple as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and un­au­thor­ized use of an auto.

Char­le­ston re­portedly gradu­ated from Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School last month and was plan­ning to en­roll in Lin­coln High School in Septem­ber. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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