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Police arrest teen in rollover crash that killed Challenger Middle School student

February 7, 2018 Updated: February 8, 2018 at 6:09 am
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A 17-year-old boy was arrested on multiple charges stemming from a rollover crash on Jan. 13. Photo courtesy KKTV.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday in a rollover crash last month that killed a 13-year-old Colorado Springs girl, police said Wednesday.

The boy was driving a Mercedes SUV north on Powers Boulevard about 10 p.m. Jan. 13, police said, when he lost control of the vehicle after passing Woodmen Road.

The vehicle rolled, ejecting two occupants, including Nicole Alexis Heitman. The Challenger Middle School eighth-grader died from her injuries.

Heitman and three other teenagers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The boy's identity was not released because of his age, police said. He is accused of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, reckless driving and violating state laws for minor drivers and child restraints.

By Colorado law, a minor who hasn't had a driver's license for more than six months is prohibited from driving a vehicle with anyone under 21 years old if a parent or legal guardian isn't with them.

In addition, passengers in a vehicle driven by a driver under 18 are required to wear a seat belt or be properly restrained.

Nicole was born in Seoul, South Korea, her obituary says. She enjoyed going to church, doing community service, playing volleyball and running track.

She is survived by her father, Kurt L. Heitman, her mother, Hyun Jung Yi, and her sister, Nova Alexandra Heitman, who will "cherish her memories," the obituary says.

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