Driver 'LOLs' Over Wreck That Killed Teen

Charges pending in suspected DUI accident

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2014 8:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jason McCarthy, 16, died days after a suspected drunken driver sideswiped a vehicle, fled the scene, then crashed into the rear of McCarthy's car minutes later outside Minneapolis last week. But while the teen was fighting for his life, the alleged driver of the other vehicle, Michael Vanwagner, 24—whose license had been revoked—laughed about his smashed-up ride on Facebook, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "That’s her front end after I got done with her lol," Vanwagner wrote under a picture of his car Saturday, adding a smiley face for good measure. "I'm all good slept a day in the hospital then came home and did yard work lol," another photo was captioned.

The state trooper who spoke with Vanwagner after the two accidents reported that he smelled the "odor of alcoholic beverage," and the results of his blood-alcohol test are pending. Raw Story notes that a week after the accident, Vanwagner also posted a meme in which an officer asks a driver, "Any drugs or alcohol?" The driver responds, "No thanks, I've got everything." After learning "another kid died," Vanwagner deleted the photos Wednesday. "I didn’t even know I hit somebody. I just thought I hit something," he told the Star Tribune. Charges are pending. "I know I’m looking at spending time in prison, so I’m trying to spend as much time as I can with my 18-month-old." (Another awful recent story: A woman walking home was allegedly hit and killed by the friend she thought was too drunk to drive her there.)

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