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September 17, 2012

Kanawha high school football player dies in wreck

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County teenager faces a negligent homicide charge following a wreck that killed a high school football player.

Charleston police tell media outlets that the 15-year-old boy was driving a car that went out of control, hit a utility pole and a tree, and flipped over a hillside. The accident occurred Sunday in Charleston's Kanawha City neighborhood.

A 14-year-old male passenger in the car was ejected. He died at a local hospital.

Police say the victim wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The driver wore a seatbelt and wasn't injured.

Police haven't identified the victim. Media outlets say friends and family held a vigil for him Sunday night at George Washington High School. School officials said he was a freshman student and a member of the football team.

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