Teen cleared in crash that killed friend

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A juvenile court magistrate has cleared a teenager in a 2012 northeast Ohio crash that left her passenger dead.

Prosecutors claimed Laniqua Lusane was speeding and lost control of the car before the crash in Lorain County that killed 16-year-old Alexandra Clifford. She was charged with vehicular homicide and negligent assault.

The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1qD3ExA ) reports that in a ruling Wednesday, Lorain County Juvenile Court Magistrate Steve List wrote that prosecutors failed to prove Lusane was responsible.

An attorney for Lusane, who was 17 at the time, argued that she wasn't responsible because Clifford, who was riding in the front passenger seat, had grabbed the wheel when the car veered onto the rumble strips on the side of the road, and that caused the crash.

Prosecutors declined to comment.