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UPDATE: Teen faces reckless homicide charges in Crandon car accident Submitted: 07/21/2014
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CRANDON - Update 7/21/14

An 18-year-old Northwoods man faces two felonies for a car crash that killed a teenager last week.

Prosecutors will charge Austin Ginter with first degree reckless homicide and first degree reckless injury.

The crash happened on Old Eight Road near Crandon on July 13th. 15-year-old Chance Harcus was killed in the crash. Ginter and a 16-year-old girl were also hurt.

Witnesses told deputies the car looked like it was going 100 miles per hour before the crash. Ginter told deputies he was only driving about 45 miles per hour.

The 16-year-old girl didn't know how fast they were going. She said she had her eyes closed and had told Ginter to slow down. She only opened them as she felt the car sliding right before the crash.

Ginter is in Forest County Jail on a 15-thousand-dollar cash bond. The Laona man could spend more than 60 years in prison if convicted of both charges.

There isn't a date set for his first court appearance.

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Update: 7/20/14

The driver of a car that crashed on Old 8 Road and killed a boy in Crandon last Sunday could spend up to 60 years in prison if he's convicted.

18-year-old Austin Ginter of Laona will face reckless homicide charges for the accident.

The crash killed 15-year-old Chance Harcus and seriously hurt a 16-year-old girl. Ginter was also hurt in the crash.

Forest County's special prosecutor says he faces charges of first degree reckless homicide and first degree reckless injury.

Ginter could also face more charges if the toxicology results come back positive.

Sunday, he sits in Forest County Jail on a $15,000 cash bond.

We don't yet know what caused the accident.

We'll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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Original Story: 7/13/14

Investigators want to know what caused a deadly single car accident in Crandon Sunday. The accident happened on Old 8 Road around 1:00 p.m.

Forest County Sheriff's deputies say one person was pronounced dead on the scene. Two others were transported to Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander with serious injuries.

The Forest County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol will investigate the accident.

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