Milwaukee teen charged in crash that killed 2 on New Year's Day
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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee teen is accused of causing a drunken crash that killed two people early on New Year's Day.
Seventeen-year-old Kelly Duke was charged Wednesday with seven felonies, including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Online court records didn't immediately list a defense attorney Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Duke stole his uncle's car Sunday about 6 a.m. Duke allegedly sped into an intersection and lost control, slamming into a waiting vehicle. Occupants Edwin and Jean Thaves were declared dead at the scene.
A witness told investigators he knew instantly the Thaves were dead because of the severity of their head injuries.
Police found Duke's brother at the scene. He told police Duke had been driving.
Prosecutors say Duke's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
Ed and Jean Thaves were waiting at a red light, looking to make their way to the interstate and back home to New Berlin, unfortunately, they never made it.
Within minutes of leaving Potawatomi Casino early New Year's Day, Ed Thaves and his wife Jean were killed. Their silver Nissan was ripped to pieces when police say a 17-year-old lost control of a red Chevy Malibu. Police say the teen was drunk and had been speeding.
Neighbors tell TODAY'S TMJ4 Ed Thaves was an avid reader and a business man and a man who loved the lord. That's evident on his company website as he owned S.C. Chemical Company in Muskego.
Jean helped with the company too. On the company's website, Ed explains "S.C." stands for serving Christ.
The website also states Ed Thave's "relationship with Jesus Christ is at the center of his personal, family and business life."
A life, along with his wife's, that came to an abrupt end early Sunday morning.
Investigators say the crash sheered off the entire top of the couple's silver Nissan.
The dashboard ripped out and investigators found the car's steering wheel lying in the street.