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Man faces vehicular homicide following teen's death

19-year-old Chad Starling; Source: Columbus Police Department 19-year-old Chad Starling; Source: Columbus Police Department

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COLUMBUS, (WTVM) –  Officials tell News Leader 9 a man involved in a recent fatal accident has been charged with vehicular homicide.

We're told 19-year-old Chad Starling is facing a list of charges:

Driving while license suspended
Reckless driving
Leaving the scene of an accident
Racing on the highway
Homicide by vehicle 1st degree
No proof of insurance
Failure to report accident
Failure to render aid
No state tag
Improper use of a license plate

Starling is currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail on a probation violation.  He is scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Police say Starling was behind the wheel of a 2000 Honda Civic Saturday night and ran away from a deadly crash on Mobley Road -- between River Road and Whitesville Road.

Seventeen 17-year-old Grant Laverty died from serious injuries. He was a passenger in the car allegedly driven by Starling.

Witnesses on the scene told police, Starling reached speeds exceeding 100 miles-per-hour when he struck another car.  

Police say witness reports and statements taken from the scene of the crash gave them probable cause to make the charges against Starling.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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