Detroit teen charged in fatal August hit-and-run crash

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Detroit teen has been charged with second-degree murder in the hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old girl last month, officials said.

Jhanya Burton, 17, has been charged as an adult-designated juvenile, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. As an adult-designated juvenile, a judge can sentence Burton as an adult, as a juvenile or by blending the two if she is convicted of murder.

Burton has also been charged with driving with a suspended license and causing death as well as five counts of driving with a suspended license causing serious injury.

She is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Detroit and is scheduled to appear next in juvenile court on Oct. 24 for a preliminary examination.

Police accuse Burton of striking a teen girl with a car on Aug. 31 and fleeing. The crash happened at about 11:17 p.m. in the area of Bradford and East McNichols on Detroit's east side, according to officials.

They said Burton, who was 16 at the time, was driving a vehicle with six passengers. Two of the passengers were women, both 20 years old, one from Eastpointe and the other from Detroit. The others were girls from Detroit, ages 16,15,14, and 13, authorities said.

Burton allegedly was speeding when she struck a tree, police said. The crash ejected the 13-year-old passenger from the vehicle, killing her.

Officials said Burton fled the scene on foot but later turned herself in to police.

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