KEY BISCAYNE (CBSMiami) — A teen is waiting to find out if he’ll be charged as an adult for a deadly crash in Key Biscayne on New Year’s Day.
According to our news partners at the Miami Herald, 17-year old Isaias Medina was arrested as a juvenile and charged with vehicular homicide in connection to the crash.
He has since been released and is on home detention.
“I think we need to, and the families need to, see that there’s justice out there,” said Charles Press of the Key Biscayne Police.
Police say Medina crashed his silver Porsche on Harbor Drive on the morning of January 1st, killing college freshman Daniela Benavides SanMiguel, 18. Speed and drugs also played a factor.
“We’re talking about speed in such excess,” Press continued. “There were some narcotics found in the vehicle. And I believe the young man had some of that in his system.”
In the report, officers say the found a bag of marijuana and a xanex pill.
The report went on to say that Matthew Saldana, the front seat passenger, told detectives that he and Medina had attended several New Year’s Eve parties, going from home to home on golf carts. Eventually, Medina wanted to show off the family Porsche.
“I think in this case, the fact is that this young man did not have a driver’s license, and was given this 180 mile-an-hour car on the craziest night of the year,” said Press.
Medina and Saldana both suffered head injuries in the crash.
Officials urge parents to make sure their kids are not only making the right decisions, but to watch out for them, as well.
“You make sure that that day, your child is taking Uber, taking a taxi ride. Or that you make yourself available at 5 o’clock in the morning and pick them up,” said Press.
Medina’s next hearing date is set for March 1st.