2 teens charged in fatal crash

Police have charged two 18-year-olds following a car crash in Dartmouth that killed a teenager on Sunday.

Police have charged two 18-year-olds following a car crash in Dartmouth that killed a teenager Sunday night.

Matthew Lesley Grimm appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Tuesday on charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, two counts of breach of an undertaking and one count of breach of probation.

He was remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Centre in Dartmouth and is scheduled to be back in court on Thursday.

Thomas Glen Dixon was arraigned on a charge of breach of an undertaking. He was released on bail and was ordered to return to court in June.

Grimm and Dixon, both from Cole Harbour, were arrested on Monday, about 14 hours after a car crashed into a utility pole on Cranberry Crescent.

David Alexander Julien, 15, was found unconscious in the back seat. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Two nurses and a firefighter arrived quickly, but the teen died from his injuries.

Witnesses told police that the driver and a second passenger fled into the woods.

The Cole Harbour men are not charged with leaving the scene of an accident because the law only covers people who flee in vehicles — not on foot, Halifax regional police spokeswoman Theresa Rath said.

Grimm has not been charged with impaired driving, Rath said, although police "do believe that alcohol and speeding played a role in this crash."

"We haven't been able to lay an impaired driving charge because a lot of time had lapsed between the crash and when the men turned themselves into police," she said.

Grim's lawyer Peter Planetta said Grimm and Julien were buddies.

"It was a very traumatic event. He's upset by it," Planetta said.

Police confirmed the same car was seen driving erratically in the Cole Harbour neighbourhood about 8 p.m. Sunday — two hours before the fatal crash. Officers found the empty car parked on a street and were looking for the driver, but were called to another incident.