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‘Joyriding’ teen charged in fatal Aurora crash

DevMeadows  15 was killed an early morning crash AurorTuesday Oct. 23 2012.

Devin Meadows, 15, was killed in an early morning crash in Aurora on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

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Updated: November 4, 2012 7:32PM

A 15-year-old Aurora boy is free on bond and awaiting trial for allegedly causing a traffic crash last month that took the life of Metea Valley High School sophomore Devin Meadows.

Logan Krogman, who lives on the 800 block of Amli Court, has been charged as an adult and faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court on a felony count of reckless homicide, State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced late Friday.

Krogman in the early-morning hours of Oct. 23 allegedly “took his father’s car without permission and met up with Meadows and two other friends for a joyride,” Berlin said in a prepared statement. Police said Krogman about 1:43 a.m. lost control of the Chevrolet Malibu and slammed it into a house on the 2700 block of Hamman Way, on Aurora’s far east side.

Meadows, also 15, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, suffering lethal head injuries. Berlin said the vehicle at the time was “traveling at a high rate of speed.”

“At 15 years old, Logan Krogman had no business being behind the wheel of a car,” Berlin said. “This is a senseless tragedy that did not have to happen.”

“Driving a car is not a right,” Berlin said. “It is a privilege that is earned once a person is 16 years old and has had the proper training.”

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Devin Meadows,” Berlin said. He expressed his thanks to Aurora police and Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Laude for their work “on this very sad case.”

Police Chief Greg Thomas added such cases “are certainly difficult to try and make sense of. Our department’s thoughts are with the Meadows family on the loss of their son and with Logan and his family, as they cope with lives that have been forever changed.”

Krogman surrendered late Friday afternoon and was released after posting $7,500 bond, the 10 percent of his $75,000 bail required by law. His preliminary court date is set for Dec. 3 before Judge Daniel P. Guerin.

Meadows was a popular student who played on Metea Valley’s sophomore football team. He also was a member of the basketball and track and field teams.

“The bottom line is that he was a good kid, a great athlete with a good spirit,” said a neighbor who declined to be identified. “He loved to play ball and was always doing something athletic. He adored his little brother, and was just a damn good kid.”

Police last month said the Malibu left the road while heading north on the 2700 block of Stonebridge Boulevard, in the Country Club Village area near Indian Trail and Eola roads.

The vehicle left Stonebridge Boulevard, traveled over part of the Granger Middle School parking lot and hit a curb before launching up the embankment. It then flipped into the air, landed back on its tires and clipped three trees as it went through the back yard of the two-story Hamman Way home.

The car ripped off a corner of the garage, coming to rest sideways against a car parked inside, police said. Its battery was later found in the yard.

Krogman and the other two youths riding in the Malibu suffered minor injuries.

Attempts Friday night to obtain comment from the Meadows and Krogman families were unsuccessful.

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