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Teen pleads guilty to fatal 2013 hit and run

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The Charlotte teenager accused of causing a crash that killed two people in south Charlotte is a free man.

Uriel Flores was originally charged with manslaughter in the wreck which killed 19-year-old Shanquise Bush and three-year-old Jayden Bush on Sharon Road in 2013. The case sparked protests supporting Flores, saying the crash was simply an accident.

Thursday, Flores pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of hit and run and being in a spontaneous speed competition.

On September 18, investigators say Flores and the victim, Shanquise Bush, were both stopped at a light on Park Road about to turn onto Sharon Road West.  Witnesses said they heard revving engines and when the light changers Flores truck caused Bush to swerve off the road hitting a utility pole.

Shanquise Bush and her three-year-old nephew, Jayden, were both killed.

Outside the courtroom, Flores said he prays for the Bush family, but that he didn't understand being arrested for manslaughter.

"It's been hard. It's been hard. I know it's been hard for the family but it's hard when you are in there for something and you just can't put your mind around it, why are you being prosecuted for the charges," said Flores, "I'm glad it's over now and I can start my life, my college life."

Flores spent 120 days in jail, which covers the 75-day sentence he received.

The Bush family spoke to the judge and said they forgive Flores, but said that he still has to stand for what he did.

After the plea deal outside of the courtroom, Shanquise Bush's father and Jayden Bush's grandfather said justice was not served.

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