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    Teens charged in fatal Detroit drag racing crash

    Two teens have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a June drag racing crash in Detroit that left two other teenagers dead, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. 

    Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy on July 21 charged Shanaya Latrice Copeland, of Detroit, and Zaria Armonie Hughes, of Oak Park, both 17, in the June 27 crash that killed two young Detroit women, ages 17 and 18. Prosecutors contend the teens were intoxicated and speeding when the crash occurred. 

    Copeland and Hughes are being charged as adults under Michigan law, the prosecutor said. The pair were not in custody at the time they were charged.

    “Since March of 2020, when the pandemic hit Michigan hard, we have reviewed or are in the process of reviewing fatal car crashes where the driver is alleged to be intoxicated, speeding and drag racing. We have been sounding the alarm on this since then,” Worthy said in a statement. “When a person drag races, or otherwise flagrantly disregards the rules of the road, people can lose their lives. So don’t do it, please. It is that simple.”

    Prosecutors allege Copeland and Hughes were racing each other on eastbound Joy Road in Detroit around 2:12 a.m. June 27. Copeland had three female passengers in her Ford Fusion and Hughes had one female passenger in her Chrysler 200. 

    Hughes, prosecutors said, lost control of her vehicle, striking Copeland’s vehicle and forcing both cars to leave the roadway, and hit trees in the median. Passengers in both vehicles were transported by medics to local hospitals.

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