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Teen granted youthful offender status in 2017 wreck that killed mother, injured 2 kids

(IMG: MCSO) Teen granted youthful offender status in fatal wreck that killed mother, injured 2 kids
(IMG: MCSO) Teen granted youthful offender status in fatal wreck that killed mother, injured 2 kids

Wilkinson Nichols Howes has been granted youthful offender status related to a 2017 crash that claimed the life of a young mother and injured her two children.

Howes was facing two assault charges and a manslaughter charge.

Under Alabama youthful offender law, Howes faces a maximum penalty of three years or less in the custody of the Board of Corrections.

A police report obtained by NBC 15 News shows a 16-year-old driver involved in a fatal November 2017 crash that a killed Mobile mother was going 92 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The report says the 16-year-old boy hit Claudia Leatherwood as she pulled out of a driveway on Lloyd's Lane November 3rd last year. She was killed in the crash. Her two children who were also in the car survived.

Brooke Leatherwood had serious head trauma and was in the hospital for more than a month. The 9-year-old can now walk and talk again and was released before Christmas 2017.