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Aurora teen: `Dumb decisions` led to crash that killed best friend

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

In his own words, 16-year-old Logan Krogman of Aurora bluntly regrets the mistakes he made five months ago that led to the death of his best friend Devin Meadows.

"When I made the decision to take the car out that night, I could not have comprehended the consequences that could come from that decision ... . The person that meant the most to me isn't here anymore because of my dumb decisions that night," Krogman wrote in a letter submitted to the DuPage County judge overseeing his reckless homicide case.

Krogman, who was 15 years old at the time, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Chevy Malibu around 1:45 a.m. Oct. 23 when he lost control of the car on the wet pavement of Stonebridge Drive in Aurora. The car went airborne and smashed into a home on Hamman Way.

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Metea Valley High School sophomore Devin Meadows, one of three passengers in the vehicle, died after being ejected from the car. No one was wearing seat belts, police and prosecutors have said.

An indictment states Krogman was driving 90 mph in a 25 mph zone with "intent to get the vehicle to go 100 mph" at the time of the crash. He allegedly failed to slow down when approaching a curve on Stonebridge before the accident. The vehicle left Stonebridge, went over part of the Granger Middle School parking lot and hit a curb before launching up the embankment. It then flipped into the air, landed on its tires, clipped three trees and went through the back yard of the Hamman Way home. It ripped off a corner of the garage, coming to rest sideways against a car inside. Krogman and the other two youths riding in the car suffered minor injuries.

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Krogman has pleaded not guilty in the case, but court records indicate the judge previously ordered a pre-plea report, a sign that attorneys could be working toward a resolution in the case. Krogman's attorney, Gary Johnson, filed the one-page letter as a supplement to the report.

Johnson was unavailable for comment on Thursday. A spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said prosecutors could not comment on the case.

In the four-paragraph letter, Krogman laments the loss of his "brother," praises Meadows as a "bright spot in everyone's lives" and suggests his potential criminal punishment "will never equal the punishment I give myself every day for losing my best friend."

Krogman also mentions how he wished he could have a connection to the Meadows' family and that he was not allowed to attend Meadows' wake or funeral services.

"I never got to say goodbye to him," Krogman wrote.

Krogman returns to court on April 29.

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