Boy sentenced in high-speed wreck that killed teen girl

Elyse Hardin (Source: Hartley Funeral Home)
Elyse Hardin (Source: Hartley Funeral Home)
Elyse Hardin (Source: Facebook)
Elyse Hardin (Source: Facebook)
Natalie Khoury, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and was later released from the hospital. (Source: Facebook)
Natalie Khoury, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and was later released from the hospital. (Source: Facebook)

LANCASTER, SC (WBTV/AP/CN2) - A teenager in South Carolina was sentenced Tuesday in a fatal wreck involving another teenager who died last year, authorities said.

Elyse Hardin, who was a student at Lancaster High School, died in the wreck that happened on Dec. 30.  The teen who was driving the vehicle, Devin Rogers, pled guilty in the incident in mid-July.

Rogers pleaded guilty earlier this summer to reckless homicide in connection with the incident that officials said involved speeding of at least 100 mph near a dangerous curve. On Tuesday Rogers was given a 90-day suspended sentence and will spend 6 months on house arrest via electronic monitoring.

Other than Hardin and Rogers, two other people were injured in the accident which sent the car more than 280 feet off the road.

During the court proceedings in July, Rogers didn't admit being responsible for the death, but conceded there is enough evidence to convict him.  His lawyer says the boy doesn't remember the crash.

Rogers will serve 200 hours community service and be placed on probation until his 18th birthday which will be August of 2011, a judge ruled.

Related: Click here to visit a special Facebook page for Elyse

Investigators say Hardin, 15, was killed when the car she was riding in, hit a utility pole along West Shiloh Unity Road, flipped several times and then hit an office building.

Hardin was thrown from the car and died at the scene.  Hardin was a sophomore at Lancaster High School, a member of Amitie Cotillion and Grace United Methodist Church.

Her friends say she will be missed. Less than two days after the wreck, a special Facebook webpage had been set up in her memory and more than 500 people were signed up as part of the effort to remember Elyse.

"She was friendly," Joshua Horne said.  "She wasn't mean to anybody."

By January 6, the page had more than 2,000 signed up and was approaching 2,200 by Friday, Jan. 8.

"[I] just thought I'd tell you that we had our exam today in Ms. Steele's class," another student wrote this week.  "It was super hard, but I miss you so much and it's hard without you here."

Rogers and passenger Dylan Kennington, 14, were injured and flown to Carolinas Medical Center.

A second passenger, Natalie Khoury, 15, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, where she was treated and released.

Neighbors say the road the group was traveling on is tricky.

"It was awful," witness Joshua Staton said. "It was something to see. They weren't nothing but young kids."

Rogers was given an evaluation by the Department of Juvenile Justice and received a "good review," which is why his sentence was suspended, officials said.

If Rogers violates this probation he will be sent to the SC Dept. of Juvenile Justice to serve out the 90-day sentence.

Copyright 2010 WBTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press and CN2 contributed to this report.