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Family of teen arrested in deadly DUI crash speaks out

Family of teen arrested in deadly DUI crash speaks out

By Keller Russell & The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE - A 17-year-old driver faces accusations Monday that he killed a couple from New Berlin in a drunk driving crash, then fled the scene.

He faces possible charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

The couple died after the suspect crashed into their vehicle at N. 27th St. and W. St. Paul Ave. at about 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department confirmed.

"The victims were westbound in a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal at St. Paul Ave.," Milwaukee Police spokesperson Anne E. Schwartz said in a news release. 

"Preliminary information is that the striking vehicle was headed northbound on N. 27th St. at a high rate of speed when it struck the median and went airborne.  The vehicle then crashed into the victims' car. The two victims were the sole occupants of the car. They were pronounced deceased at the scene."

According to police, the 17-year-old was drunk and speeding.

 For the first time, TODAY'S TMJ4 is hearing from the family of a teenage driver accused of killing two people in a New Year's Day crash.  

That 17-year-old remains in jail Monday night and his family spoke about the hours after the crash, as police searched for the teen.

Mary John is still in shock about the charges facing her 17-year-old grandson. She told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I couldn't believe it that was what happened."

Family members of the teen tell TODAY'S TMJ4 after the crash, he made his way to his grandma's house who thought he had just gotten into a fight. "I thought he got beat up. He had blood on his face and stuff ya know," said Mary John. "I was hurt. And I feel bad and everything and everything like that for both of them ya know."

She claims it was hours later when the teen's mother confessed through tears, her son was in a "bad accident."

The teen's uncle soon heard the news too, telling TODAY'S TMJ4, "I went running down there to see what happened and I saw little Kelly's mom and dad come towards me and they were crying and I said 'what happened' and they said little Kelly was in an accident. I said 'what do you mean?' They said 'I guess he killed someone.'"

News that's devastated two families and left the teen's grandmother hurting for the innocent victims.

"It's just devastating," said Margi Fagan, a neighbor of the couple who was killed.  "It's a bad situation, and hopefully other people will learn from this situation and realize that drinking and driving (doesn't) work for anyone."

A source tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that the teenager's mother picked him up along the way, but the teen's brother then reported him to police.

The suspect could be charged this week.