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13-year-old at wheel in fatal crash in Mobile

MOBILE (AP) — State troopers said a 13-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car that flipped over on U.S. 98 near Wilmer, ejecting and killing a teenage passenger.

Troopers said Brian Davis, 16, of Semmes, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday when the young driver crossed the center line, then overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll. Another passenger, Jessica Shewmake, 17, of Semmes, was also injured, troopers said.

Troopers withheld the name of the juvenile driver, who they said is also from Semmes. He was taken to USAMC for treatment.

State trooper spokesman Cpl. Joe Piggott said he wasn’t releasing the driver’s name because “it is always a possibility” that charges could be filed.

The earliest a youth can legally drive in Alabama is 15, if a learner’s permit has been obtained and the driver is accompanied in the front seat by a parent, legal guardian or person at least 21 who is a licensed driver.

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