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Underage driver in fatal crash has May court date

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By Erin Smith

An underage driver, who is facing charges in a crash that claimed the life of West Bladen High School student Aldo Hernandez, is scheduled to appear in court on May 9, 2019.

The driver is charged with reckless driving to endanger and license/permit no supv. driver under the age of 18. She is also facing a third charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, according to the court records.

Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee stated that as of 12 noon on Tuesday, March 26th, the underage driver had not been served with the paperwork on the death by motor vehicle charge. He stated the charge of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle was issued on March 14th. McGee said he did not know the reason why the driver has not yet been served with the paperwork for the third charge. He explained that if she has not been given the paperwork by her court date, she will be served on that date.

Hernandez, 18, was a passenger in the vehicle driven by a 17-year old female, Bladenboro resident. Also in the vehicle was another teenaged female passenger from Whiteville.

The car had exited a curve on Butler Mill Road and ran off the road to the right, according to Sgt. B. Ezzell with the NCHP. The driver over corrected and the vehicle crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch and overturned. Sgt. Ezzell said that Hernandez, who was a passenger in the front seat, was ejected from the vehicle.

The 17-year old passenger from Whiteville, who was riding in the backseat, was reported to have minor injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

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