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Teen pleads guilty in fatal November wreck

May 24, 2019

A Fort Wayne teen admitted Friday he caused a November wreck that killed a Heritage High School sophomore.

Na Lay, 19, was driving a 2008 Chevy Malibu on Wayne Trace Nov. 2, when the car swerved to avoid hitting a box truck. The car -- carrying Lay, who was also a Heritage student, and five passengers -- crashed into the truck, rolled several times and landed under a tree, according to court documents.

Ar Zi Za La, 17, was killed. Another student was critically injured, and Lay and the others had minor injuries.

The car was traveling 93 mph shortly before the crash, court documents said.

Lay pleaded guilty Friday in Allen Superior Court to two counts of criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon. Three other criminal recklessness charges will be dismissed when he is sentenced June 18.

He could spend two years in jail or on home detention, Magistrate Samuel Keirns said.

Lay’s car was speeding alongside a green Honda, a witness said, and the cars appeared to be racing. Lay told police he was “brake-checked” by the green car.

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