LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - Lorain Police have charged the teen driver who killed his friend in a car crash this summer.
On Thursday, 17-year-old Zachary Goodin was formally charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony of the third degree.
Goodin was the driver involved in a deadly crash on July 13 around 12:45 a.m. on Kansas Avenue. Goodin's best friend, 17-year-old Cameron Friend, was the front seat passenger and died in the crash.
According to police, investigation revealed Goodin was joyriding over railroad tracks after he and Friend had been working out at the gym. Police believe Goodin recklessly caused Friend's death. Although Goodin did not make any statements to investigators, police determined excessive speed and reckless driving were factors in the crash. Police say alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash.
"Any time someone dies as a result of a crash that could have been prevented, it's very unfortunate," said officer Kyle Gelenius, traffic accident reconstructionist with Lorain Police. "Sadly, Zachary Goodin is going to have to live with the regret of killing his best friend for the rest of his life. I hope this tragedy serves as a warning to other teen drivers that their actions can cause people they care about to senselessly lose their life. I urge teen drivers not to take risks and to drive more carefully."
Goodin was arrested without incident on Thursday morning at Lorain County Community College. He was processed at the Lorain City Jail and released into the custody of his parents.
The Lorain County Prosecutor's Office will handle the case.