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Teen, mom could face charges in crash that killed 4

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Dejarnett was married and described by his brother as a "sweet, gentle man who loved animals and had a huge heart." (Source: Photo courtesy Jeffrey Dejarnett) Dejarnett was married and described by his brother as a "sweet, gentle man who loved animals and had a huge heart." (Source: Photo courtesy Jeffrey Dejarnett)
The Johnson family. (Source: Lynn, their grandmother) The Johnson family. (Source: Lynn, their grandmother)
Dejarnett, 31, died Monday night from injuries suffered when his sedan was struck head-on by a van driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old boy. (Source: CBS 5 News) Dejarnett, 31, died Monday night from injuries suffered when his sedan was struck head-on by a van driven by an unlicensed 16-year-old boy. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix Police investigators have requested the 16-year-old responsible for killing four people, including three siblings in a 2013 crash, be charged with four counts of felony negligent homicide.

In a separate case, the boy's mother may be charged with child abuse for allowing him to drive her van.

The Maricopa County attorney's office confirms they've received both cases and are reviewing them.

Police documents obtained by CBS 5 News also show the 16-year-old was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The crash happened on Aug. 5, 2013. Investigators say the 16-year-old was driving his brothers and sisters to school in his family's minivan. He was not licensed, and was traveling at least 64 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone at the time of the crash.

The 16-year-old driver of the van was taking his six siblings to school, and he was seen speeding and passing on the right side of traffic, Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said. The van left the road as it narrowed to one lane, and the teen lost control of the van before the collision.

Three boys, Dominic Johnson, 4, Mikquan Johnson, 5, and Jaymon Hamilton, 11, died. One of the victims was found in a nearby field, ejected from the van as it rolled.

Crump said none of the children in the van wore a seat belt, or were restrained in a car seat.

One child was dead at the scene, and two others died at area hospitals.

Crump said a 3-year-old girl was critically wounded, and the teen driver and two other siblings, ages 12 and 14, suffered incapacitating injuries. The 12 and 14-year-olds survived, said Crump.

Police said the driver had applied for a learner's permit.

A fourth person,  Matthew Dejarnett, 31, of Phoenix also died. He was the driver of a Toyota sedan hit head-on by the van.

"The world has lost too much to even begin to explain," said Dejarnett's friend Robert Hernandez. "It's lost a great man, a great friend, a great husband, great brother, a great son."

Dejarnett was driving a 2011 Toyota Corolla on Southern Avenue, near 54th Avenue, when his car was struck by the Dodge Caravan, driven by the 16-year-old boy taking his siblings to school, said Crump.

"It's a sad thing," said Hernandez. "It's a terrible accident caused by a lot of unnecessary actions. And, there are a lot of innocent people killed that day."

Dejarnett moved to Phoenix about nine months ago to study at Carrington College, to become a radiology technician, said his brother, Jeffrey Dejarnett, who described Matthew Dejarnett as a "sweet, gentle man who loved animals and had a huge heart."

Matthew Dejarnett was married, but had no children, his brother told CBS 5 News.

Crump said Matthew Dejarnett was wearing a seat belt, and his air bags deployed, but that wasn't enough to save him from the impact.

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