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Teen issued citation in fatal Weymouth crash

A teenage driver was issued a citation for motor vehicle homicide in the crash that killed 15-year-old Kate McCarthy in Weymouth Saturday night, police said.

The 16-year-old boy, who has not been publicly identified because he is a juvenile, faces allegations of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, Weymouth police said Wednesday in a statement.

Kate McCarthy.
Kate McCarthy.

The boy is also accused of violating a six-month restriction that bars new drivers from transporting passengers under 18. Police say the driver failed to keep right and was speeding.

McCarthy, a student at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, was thrown from an SUV when it crashed into a utility pole on Union Street in Weymouth about 11 p.m. Saturday, then struck a parked car and a tree. Three other sophomores at the school — one girl and two boys — were injured in the crash, according to witnesses and friends.


Authorities have not provided information about their medical condition. Witnesses to the crash said the second girl was also thrown from the car and landed on a neighbor’s porch. She is recovering from her injuries, friends said this week. The two boys, one of whom was driving, were less seriously injured, witnesses and friends said.

Police said they are requesting a hearing for the teen driver at Quincy District Court on the misdemeanor charges as the investigation continues.

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.