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16-year-old driver in Friday Carmel crash dies

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jan 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-09 21:38:54-05

CARMEL—Carmel police have confirmed that the 16-year-old boy who crashed into a building on Friday, passed away Sunday morning.

Michael Jent, 16-year-old junior of Carmel High School died Sunday morning due to the injuries he sustained from the Friday crash.

Jent crashed into the Olivia building on the southwest corner of Main Street and Old Meridian Friday morning.

An investigation determined Jent was traveling east on Main Street when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the building.

The impact of the crash caused substantial damage to both the vehicle and the building.

The incident was determined to not have been an intentional act.

Jent was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries on Friday, but later died on Sunday morning.

A memorial is now at the scene where people, some who didn't even know Jent, are leaving flowers and teddy bears.

Teammates say Jent left his mark and that his hard work and dedication was unlike anything they had ever seen.

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Michael’s parents asked the community to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.

Carmel High School is also encouraging any students who may be struggling at home to dial 988 to access a 24-hour hotline to talk to a live counselor.

Any questions regarding the crash investigation should be directed to Lt. Tim Byrne at 317-571-2500.