Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charges Filed in Fatal Hill-Jumping Crash; Driver, Now 17, Will Be Tried as an Adult; PUBLIC SAFETY

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Charges Filed in Fatal Hill-Jumping Crash; Driver, Now 17, Will Be Tried as an Adult; PUBLIC SAFETY

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY - Ten months after a 16-year-old St. Charles boy died in a hill-hopping crash on Greens Bottom Road, the driver of the car has been arrested on felony charges.

Michael A. Gianino, 17, was charged this week with involuntary manslaughter and assault.

Gianino was 16 at the time of the crash on Oct. 17, but he has been certified to be tried as an adult in the case.

Originally, police said that a 17-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu when it went airborne and crashed, flipping several times. But their investigation showed that Gianino was driving.

The crash killed Clayton Newell, a sophomore at Francis Howell North High School, who had been a member of the JV hockey team.

Gianino, his younger sister Samantha and another teenage girl, who all were students at Francis Howell High School, were also injured in the crash. According to court documents, the assault charges were filed because of the injuries to Samantha Gianino, which were described as serious. …

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