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DRIVER WON'T BE TRIED AS ADULT

A 16-year-old boy who was driving drunk when his car careened into three classmates two weeks ago will not be tried as an adult.

Laramie Huntzinger, Cottonwood Heights, has no significant criminal record and will receive more intensive supervision if he stays in the juvenile justice system, Salt Lake District Attorney Neal Gunnarson said early Friday.Huntzinger's blood alcohol level was .11 shortly after the accident, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. Utah law considers a person legally impaired if his or her alcohol level is .08 or greater.

The boy, who also was not licensed to drive, climbed behind the wheel of his mother's Infiniti G20 just after midnight on Aug. 10 and a few minutes later slammed into the trio of friends walking on a sidewalk.

Elizabeth Phillips, 15, and Jennifer Neddo, 16, were killed instantly. Jaimie Cogswell, also 16, is recovering from her injuries at home.

"We're not seeking certification because it doesn't fit under current law . . . his past record isn't sufficient and his intent wasn't to kill," Gunnarson said. "Everybody agrees he didn't plan on hitting the victims."

Prosecutors planned to review possible automobile homicide charges against the boy later Friday. They also will discuss whether to file misdemeanor charges against "several people" who might have contributed to Huntzinger's intoxication, Gunnarson said.

"I anticipate somebody will be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. It's appropriate that we look at the whole situation."

He would not discuss who might be the target of such a charge. Neighbors and other teenagers said Huntzinger had been to at least one party earlier in the evening where he consumed alcohol.

If convicted in juvenile court, Huntzinger could be sentenced to Decker Lake Youth Center and undergo counseling, Gunnarson said.

"There's a very good chance he will be punished as severely as he would be in the adult system. Typically, a case like this in the adult system would end up with jail time for the defendant or even probation, rather than prison time."