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17-year-old driver arrested in fatal April wreck on Belvedere Road

Posted: 9:39 AM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 12:35:17-04

A 17-year-old driver who was seriously injured in a crash that killed a 18-year-old woman  earlier this year now faces a vehicular homicide charge.

The wreck happened at 3:57 a.m. on April 15, killing Jacqueline Torres of Royal Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said the driver's 2005 BMW was traveling westbound in the 8500 block of Belvedere Rd. at a high rate of speed. 

The vehicle lost control, hit the center median and struck three trees. 

During the collision, the driver and Torres were both ejected. 

The driver, whose name is not being reported by WPTV because he is a juvenile, was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center. Torres was pronounced dead at the scene by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. 

The driver of the BMW was booked and charged on Aug. 29 in connection with the fatal wreck. PBSO said he didn't have a valid driver's license at the time of the deadly wreck.  

During a Thursday court hearing, a judge set bail at $15,000 and ordered that he not have contact with the victim's family.