• Teen charged in fatal crash to be honorary pallbearer at funeral

    By: Dave Faherty


    HICKORY, N.C. - A 17-year-old accused of driving an SUV while under the influence is an honorary pallbearer at his friend’s funeral Thursday.

    Channel 9 spoke with the attorney representing David Engelmann, 17, in this case. He said the two were at a friend’s house swimming. 

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    The attorney made a brief appearance in court Wednesday morning for Engelmann, who is charged with felony death by motor vehicle.
    He said Engelmann is still recovering from a concussion and undergoing grief counseling so he was not in court Wednesday morning.

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    Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the Sunday night crash that killed his friend, Jake Robertson. 

    Investigators believe the SUV the two were riding in flipped several times and that neither teenager was wearing a seat belt at the time. 
    Channel 9 learned the two families met Monday and Engelmann will meet with Robertson's parents Wednesday.
    "They were best of friends. They were teammates. Inseparable companions. This is a devastating tragedy for David and David's family,” attorney Steve Brackett said.
    The attorney said he does not know where the teenagers may have gotten alcohol before the wreck. 
    The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Corinth Church, not far from where the crash happened.

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