Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Dies in Car Crash

Deputies were called about a possibly suicidal person
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2017 2:44 PM CDT
Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Dies in Car Crash
Kristian Perez   (Orofino Police Department)

The Idaho teenager who disappeared following his prom—and was later charged with running away from home—died in a car crash Wednesday, bringing a sad end to a week of headlines. KBOI reports the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was speeding when he lost control of the car and rolled it down a small embankment; he had to be extracted from the car, according to the Spokesman-Review. The driver was identified as 17-year-old Kristian Perez, whose death was confirmed by a nurse at an area hospital. Deputies say Perez had taken his parents' Tahoe without permission. Deputies had been called regarding a possibly suicidal person prior to the crash.

Perez was reported missing by his mother Friday night when he didn't return home after his prom. He was found early Tuesday voluntarily staying at the home of a 26-year-old man. Running away from home is a crime in Idaho, and Perez was arrested, charged, and released. (More missing person stories.)

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