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Teenage driver charged in deadly Walnut Grove crash

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis teenager faces several charges tonight, one week after a deadly wreck that killed a 14 year-old girl. Investigators now believe the young man's tires may be to blame. They also say he was driving without a valid license. These new charges mean Winston Miller will appear in court, and police say the investigation is not over.

17 year-old Winston Miller was behind the wheel of an Isuzu Trooper last Tuesday afternoon, when the S-U-V crossed the median and hit two other cars. The crash killed 14-year-old Meredith Fox, and critically injured another passenger, 14-year-old Rachel Hyneman. All three students attended Evangelical Christian School.

Monday Memphis Police charged Miller with four misdemeanors. One charge is for violating his driver's license restrictions. Because of his age, under state law he is only allowed to have one underage passenger. Because he violated that law, he is also charged with driving without a driver's license. In addition police also charged him with, failure to maintain proper control, and faulty equipment, related to tire wear.

We asked Ron Wood with Direct Tire to show us what tire problems can lead to crashes. Sometimes, low treads can be hidden.

"People are driving down the road and then all of a sudden when they park they've got their car turned sideways, all the inside of the tires worn out," Wood said. "The alignment eats the tire up, so it's time to do an alignment and replace the tires.

An easy way to test your treads is the penny test. If any part of Lincoln's head is covered, your tires should be safe.

"In good weather a low tread such as this, because it has no dry traction because it's a slick tire, can still cause you to lose control," Wood said.

The Memphis Police department says Miller's tire wear was one factor in the crash, but there are also other factors such as weather, that they are still looking into.

The police department cannot yet elaborate on how Miller's tires were worn, the investigation is still active.

Meanwhile, Rachel Hyneman's condition has improved from serious to fair.

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