A 21-year-old man was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a wreck that killed two Wichita teenagers more than two years ago.
Ramaj Malik White was driving a black Chevy Monte Carlo west on Pawnee near Rock Road when he lost control, veered off the road and struck a utility pole on March 11, 2015. Front-seat passenger Derrick Burnett, 17, and 15-year-old Dontrez J. Williams, who was the left-rear passenger, died in the crash. White and another rear-seat passenger were injured but survived.
The two felony counts on which White made a first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Friday accuse him of engaging in reckless conduct that resulted in the teens’ deaths. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, after the crash, said speed was thought to be a contributing factor.
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A defense attorney listed for White in court records did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.
White, who was 19 when the crash occurred, was arrested on a warrant and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday evening, records show. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing June 7. A judge has set his bond at $50,000.
Burnett was a student at Wichita North High School at the time of his death, according to The Eagle’s news archives. Williams last attended East High School.