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TEEN DRIVER GETS 30 DAYS IN CUSTODY FOR DEATH RESULTING FROM CRASH.

Byline: - Angie Valencia-Martinez

A 16-year-old with a provisional driver's license whose truck veered out of control as he was speeding was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in custody for killing his 13-year-old passenger.

The Thousand Oaks driver, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, also was sentenced to 15 months of community service and placed on an electronic monitor for four months as part of his sentence for gross vehicular homicide.

The sentence stems from a July 10 crash that killed his friend and neighbor, Gregory ``Chase'' Arnett.

``Justice has been served,'' said Judi Arnett, mother of Chase. ``This has been a very difficult process and unfortunately my son won't be turning 14. I would like to see teens and parents look at what has gone on here and recognize the responsibility and privilege of driving at that age.''

The teen driver also will not be allowed to return to Westlake High School because two of the dead boy's sisters attend the school, said prosecutor Bernardo Gonzales.

``We hope it sends the right message to teens in Ventura County that they're responsible for their driving patterns and actions,'' he said. ``It was appropriate for the minor to be taken out of the community.''

Calls to the teen's defense attorney were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

At the time of the crash, the teen driver held a provisional driver's license that prohibited him from carrying young passengers without adult supervision.

He was carrying two passengers - Arnett and a 15-year-old boy - and driving about 70 mph on Spring Valley Drive in Thousand Oaks when his high-performance truck veered out of control, struck a tree and fell down an embankment, investigators said.
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