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15-year-old charged in Hialeah crash, pleads not guilty – NBC 6 South Florida

A 15-year-old who was allegedly driving his parents’ car when he hit an SUV in Hialeah, killing a woman and her aunt, has pleaded not guilty but will remain behind bars until his trial.

At a hearing on Thursday, Maykoll Santiesteban’s lawyers agreed to keep the teenager in prison and said they would not contest his detention for now.

Attorneys entered a not guilty plea on the teen’s behalf.

Santiesteban was in court for a formal arraignment on Wednesday, a day after prosecutors formally filed adult charges against him, including two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of reckless driving and three counts of driving on a revoked license, leading to caused damage.



A 15-year-old driver charged in the Hialeah crash that killed two family members is now being charged as an adult.

Police said Santiesteban was driving over 80 mph in a 30 mph zone while joyriding with friends on April 23 when he plowed into another car, killing aunt and niece Yarina Garcia and Gloria Hernandez.

A third woman, Liliana Hernandez Molina, Hernandez’s mother and Garcia’s sister, is still in critical condition and trying to recover from the crash.

The teen’s lawyers asked a Miami-Dade judge on Wednesday to grant him house arrest, saying the eighth-grader had no criminal record and was not a flight risk.

But the judge ordered him held without bail because he posed a potential danger to the community.

Santiesteban is due back in court in July.

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