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Juvenile charged in fatal hit-and-run

PABLO — A 17-year old Ronan resident has been charged with negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that allegedly caused the death of a 3-year-old boy shortly after 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, in Pablo.

Chasen Kiaran Curley was charged in what was described as a hit and- run incident.

According to a court document filed by deputy county attorney James Lapotka, a woman said she saw a vehicle back up over the victim, which police identified as Phillip Shourds, Jr.

Tara Murphy, who lives in the Northwood Trailer Park in Pablo, said she had taken her child to a playground when she saw a vehicle spin out and then heard a scraping sound. When she saw the vehicle back up over the victim, Murphy said she screamed for the driver to stop and tried to shield her own child’s eyes from the scene.

Chasen was later pulled over in the Ronan area. When questioned by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy Dan Yonkin, Curley said he had smoked marijuana with three friends several hours prior to the collision but didn’t feel high at that time. Chasen said he was backing up his vehicle when he felt a collision with what he believed was a bicycle, the court document states. Chasen said he heard a man yell at him that he had just run over his child. Chasen said he was afraid and fled the scene.

Chasen was arrested and released on his own recognizance in Lake County Justice Court on Nov. 25. He was scheduled to be arraigned in district court on Dec. 7.

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