14-Year-Old Causes Fatal Philly Car Crash, Charged With Murder

A fatal Philadelphia car crash occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning when a 14-year-old made the thoughtless decision to take his friends out for a joyride.

On June 30, Winston Charleston, of the 7100 block of State Road, decided it would be a fun idea to take his three friends out for a drive in his mother’s car. Just after 2 a.m., as his mother slept at home, Charleston and his young friends were out on a joyride in Northeast Philadelphia.

Charleston, who was speeding down I-95 with his headlights off, flew past state troopers near the Academy Road exit. He then sped down the ramp, blew through a stoplight and lost control of the vehicle. The Chrysler Sebring spun out of control and slammed head-on into a Volkswagen Jetta and then into a Chevrolet Impala, both of which were traveling southbound near Willits Road.

The State Troopers arrived on the scene mere moments behind, but were too late to stop the devastating accident.

The Volkswagen, driven by Jessica Feldman, 20, of Huntingdon Valley sustained significant damage. Feldman was hospitalized with injuries to her shoulder and arm, but her boyfriend, Dan Fouracre, 22, of Bensalem, was fatally injured in the crash.

The occupants of the Chevrolet did not sustain serious injuries.

Charleston and his friends were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Charleston was treated at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus for neck pain, after which he was released into police custody.

Charleston, who has a history of police encounters and behavioral problems, was charged with murder as an adult. He also faces other assault and manslaughter charges.

The Bucks County injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dan Fouracre and wish emotional and physical healing for Jessica Feldman during this very difficult time. We pray that all who were injured in this devastating accident recover fully from their injuries.