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Lea Phann, 12, killed and Sos Phann critically injured in car collision at SE 6th Street and Bell Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines police said Fernando Lopez Aguilar, 18, was arrested and charged with serious injury by reckless driving, operating without a driver's license and no insurance. He was not impaired when the crash happened.
Lopez-Aguilar’s work card expired three months ago on June 4, 2016 and Benzoni says besides forgetting to renew it, there’s only a few reasons it would be revoked. “A criminal offense that’s serious and national security.”
Fefchak says that it's important for parents to talk with their kids about the situation because it could still impact them, even if they didn't know the student personally.
“Perhaps they've had a recent loss in some other part of their life and so that can bring up a lot of those same feelings and emotions for them and that maybe can create a situation where they want to reach out and talk to someone,” she said.
Fernando Lopez Aguilar faced charges including reckless driving, involuntary manslaughter, and serious injury by vehicle. A jury found him guilty of all seven charges related to the accident.
Nineteen-year-old Fernando Lopez Aguilar was sentenced Friday to a prison term not to exceed 20 years in connection with the death of Lea Phann. He must also pay court fines and $150,000 in restitution to Phann’s family.