Novato Teen Charged, Friend Buried

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    A Hartford police officer under investigation for the beating of a suspect took his first steps toward retiring.

    Prosecutors in Marin County charged a North Bay teenager with felony manslaughter Thursday in connection with the death of one of the young man's friends.

    A group of four Novato High School student left school midday last Friday and crashed into a tractor trailer on Novato Boulevard.  Police said the driver, whose name is not being released because he's a juvenile, was drunk at the time.  Beer cans and bottles were strewn about at the crash scene.

    Isaac Brott, just 15 years old, of Novato died. The driver and both other passengers were hurt.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden told Bay City News the teen is being  tried as a juvenile. That means the maximum conviction would be incarceration until he is 19.

    The crash scene has become a make-shift memorial for the teen who died.   His family is holding a memorial tonight and will bury him tomorrow - one week after his death.

    This was the first of two deadly crashes involving drunk driving and Bay Area teenagers.  An 18-year-old recent Leland High School graduate named Roshan Tahbari died in this week when his friend, who was also suspected of driving drunk, crashed into a light pole on Almaden Expressway.

    In that case the driver, 18-year-old Mitchell Pennings, also faces felony charges.  

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