Trevor Hicks charged with 18 counts of first-degree reckless homicide

Charges of 16 counts of first-degree reckless homicide were filed on Friday against 18-year-old Trevor Hicks as he awaits trial on suspicion of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of spectators.

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Hicks was arraigned and charged with six counts of homicide and 13 counts of attempted homicide. According to the criminal complaint, Hicks drove his car onto a sidewalk and into crowds of people, striking them with such force that “shrapnel was still flying 25ft” after the crash on 2 June.

It’s impossible to know what Hicks was thinking, but there is strong evidence pointing to a motive: he just moved in with his parents and was unhappy.

His brother Jontrell Hicks told police he’d heard Hicks talking about wanting to harm someone that day – that he “wanted it over and done with”. He said he had a gun and was planning on shooting people on the porch, the complaint says.

Hicks was on medication for depression and anxiety, according to court documents, and had also told friends and family members his behaviour was dangerous.

He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering safety when he allegedly drove his car into a crowd of participants in a Fourth of July parade.

The judge set his bond at $1m (£750,000). If he’s released, court records say he will have to wear a GPS monitoring device and have no contact with witnesses or victims. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Since this is the beginning of the year, and it’s the summer, and we are gazillions of miles away from Wisconsin and Indiana, we won’t waste anyone’s time covering the case.

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