Topeka teen pleads guilty in fatal crash

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A Topeka teenager has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a high-speed crash that killed one passenger in his car and injured three others.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed to recommend a suspended sentence for 16-year-old Adam David Erickson.

Erickson pleaded guilty Monday in Shawnee County District Court to one count of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of aggravated battery. The district attorney’s office has recommended dismissing marijuana-related charges.

Authorities said Erickson was driving at speeds up to 110 mph the night of Sept. 29, 2012, when his car hit trees and landed on its side. The crash killed 14-year-old passenger Cameron Johnson, of Berryton, and injured three others in the car.

Erickson was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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