PACOLET, S.C. — A rustic music singer who was a finalist on TV’s “American Idol” has been charged with driving underneath the affect leading to demise, South Carolina authorities stated Wednesday.
Caleb Andrew Kennedy, 17, drove his pickup truck onto a non-public driveway and struck a residential constructing in Spartanburg County on Tuesday, killing a person who had been inside, in line with Grasp Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the South Carolina Freeway Patrol.
Resident Larry Duane Parris, 54, was pronounced lifeless at a hospital shortly after the crash, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger stated.
Kennedy is being charged as an grownup with the crime, which is a felony, the prosecutor’s workplace stated.
Kennedy superior into the Prime 5 of the ABC actuality present final 12 months, however dropped out of the singing competitors after a video circulated of him sitting subsequent to somebody carrying what seemed to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.
On Twitter and Instagram, Kennedy apologized for the video, saying “it displayed actions that weren’t meant to be taken in that manner.”
Kennedy’s mom, Anita Man, instructed information retailers that the video was filmed when Kennedy was 12 and had been taken out of context. She stated Kennedy had been imitating characters from the movie “The Strangers: Prey at Night time.”
Kennedy’s hometown is listed as Roebuck, which is simply south of Spartanburg. Officers didn’t say whether or not Kennedy knew Parris and it was not instantly recognized whether or not Kennedy has an legal professional who might converse on his behalf. He had a courtroom look scheduled for Wednesday.