According to the Spartanburg County Highway Patrol, Caleb Kennedy, who left “American Idol” last year due to racism claims, has been charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death.
Kennedy, 17, is accused of driving a 2011 Ford pickup truck onto a private drive in Spartanburg County on Tuesday and colliding with a building, according to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway.
According to Ridgeway, a person inside the structure died as a result of the incident.
Larry Duane Parris, 54, was the victim, according to Coroner Rusty Clevenger of the Spartanburg Coroner’s Office.
At 3:45 p.m., Parris was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.
According to the Spartanburg County Detention Center’s website, Kennedy is being held there. Ridgeway said the accident is still being investigated.
It’s unclear whether Kennedy has retained legal counsel.
CNN has attempted to contact Kennedy’s family for comment but has received no response.
Last year, the then 16-year-old Kennedy bowed out of the Top 5 of ABC’s Season 19 of “American Idol” after a video surfaced that showed him with someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style hood.
The teen apologized via a statement on social media, writing that the video “displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.”
“I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse,” the statement read. “I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me.”
Source : CNN