Vigil held for teens killed in crashes

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 19:31:13-05

Two Milwaukee teenagers killed within two weeks of each other, in car crashes that could have been prevented. In both cases, the drivers were not old enough to be behind the wheel, and took their parent's car without them knowing.

A vigil was held Tuesday night for Daquan Nichols,14. He was a passenger in an SUV that slammed into a tree at 69th and Hampton Saturday night. Police say the 15-year-old driver was speeding. We talked to another teen who was in that SUV. He warns others not to make the same mistake.

"Don't even think about driving, because it will cost you your life sometimes," says Capriest Chambliss. "I'll never get over this. I tried to wake Daquan up, but he wouldn't wake up."

"He was a good kid," says Keana Beamon. "Now, he's gone. One bad decision cost his life. I wish he wouldn't have got in that car."

The crash that killed Nichols is eerily similar to the one that killed Zaira Tellez two weeks ago.

Zaira, an 8th grader at St. Anthony School, died when the car her 14-year-old friend was driving slammed into a tree at 35th and Hayes.

In both cases, police plan to recommend charges against the underage drivers.