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Philly mom who let teen drive at shopping center no longer charged in deaths

The Associated Press
| Saturday, December 8, 2018 1:24 p.m

PHILADELPHIA — The mother of a teenage girl who struck and killed two people during a driving lesson at a Philadelphia shopping center earlier this year is no longer charged in the deaths.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a municipal court judge last week dropped vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter counts filed in July against 32-year-old Stephanie Hernandez.

Authorities say Hernandez allowed her 15-year-old daughter to drive June 4 at the Aramingo Village shopping center parking lot in northeast Philadelphia. Officials said the sport utility vehicle lunged forward and jumped a curb, killing two 55-year-old men, David Abshire and Thomas Papineau.

Hernandez still faces a charge of allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle. Her daughter was charged as a juvenile with vehicular homicide and related offenses.

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