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Surprise Man Arrested and Charged in Connection With 2006 Collision That Claimed Lives of Three Teenagers

Justin Derrick Draper, 21, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter following a 2006 collision that killed three teenagers.

Draper works in construction and lived with his wife and in-laws in their Surprise home before his arrest, court records state. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Web site shows that Draper was booked into jail on June 30.

One of the victims was 17-year-old Amanda Jane Franklin, pictured above. A memorial Web site created by her mother describes the carnage that occurred, allegedly because of Draper's actions:

Justin was driving almost 100 mph in a 45mph zone. Amanda was in the back seat with her seatbelt on when they t-boned another car driven by an 18 yo boy named Michael. Michael had his 16 yo girlfriend with him who was killed instantly, Michael died the next day and my daughter Amanda Jane was taken off life support the following day.

The heartbreaking memorial makes it clear the family has been waiting for justice in this case -- and it's apparently coming, finally.

The county attorney's office couldn't provide more information about the alleged crime right away, but spokesman Michael Scerbo says he'll check into it. The Superior Court's Web site states that Draper has been indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter. He's being held on a $500,000 bond.

UPDATE July 8: Surprise police reported that Draper had been going 30 mph over the posted speed limit just before the crash.

UPDATE 2, October 2010:

Draper is sentenced to six months' jail time.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.