Teen Charged as Adult in Fatal Key Biscayne Crash | NBC 6 South Florida

Teen Charged as Adult in Fatal Key Biscayne Crash

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    Isaias Medina, 17, is being charged as an adult in the New Year's Day crash in Key Biscayne that killed Daniela Benavides. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016)

    New information has been released on the teen who was allegedly speeding in his family's Porsche on New Year's Day when he crashed, killing his friend.

    Prosecutors are charging 17-year-old Isaias Medina as an adult in the death of Daniela Benavides, 18.

    His vehicular homicide charge stems from the first of the year, when detectives said he lost control of the car and struck several trees in Key Biscayne. The impact killed Benavides. She was a student at Pepperdine University in California.

    Paramedics rushed Medina and another friend to the hospital with head injuries. Detectives said Medina tested positive for drugs.

    "He has shown a tremendous amount of remorse. It's been a very difficult time for the victim's family and I think it's also been a difficult time for my client's family as well," said David Kubiliun, defense attorney.

    Medina is the son of a Venezuelan diplomat to the United States.

    A judge held the teen in jail on $100,000 bond. If he's released, he'll be on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor pending his trial.

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