FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – The South Florida teen charged in the death of a man who was hit while mowing a family member’s lawn went to court Wednesday to change his plea. Daniel Ferguson, now 18, plead not guilty.
Investigators say Ferguson is responsible for the death of 67-year-old Ronald Newel who was struck and killed by a car while mowing his sister’s lawn at 3611 NW 9th Court in May of 2010. Ferguson, 17 at the time of the hit and run, allegedly left the scene.READ MORE: Jury Enters Fifth Day Of Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial
A passenger in the car, 17-year-old Jakari Murray, also died as result of injuries he suffered in the crash.READ MORE: Homegoing Celebration, Funeral Tuesday For Congresswoman Carrie Meek
Ferguson reportedly told police some balloons in the car blocked his vision which caused him to swerve and hit Newel.MORE NEWS: 'I Can't Wait To Compete For Championships': New Miami Hurricanes Coach Mario Cristobal Has Returned Home
Ferguson is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with death, two counts of driving without a valid license with death, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage .