Metea Valley Sophomore Killed After Car Crashes into Aurora Home

A 15-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident early Tuesday morning after a 2012 Chevy Malibu he was in lost control and crashed into a garage.

A Metea Valley High School sophomore was killed early Tuesday morning after he was thrown from a car before it crashed into the garage of a house in Aurora, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Devin Meadows, 15, was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only one of four teens in the car not wearing a seat belt, officials told the Chicago Tribune.

The 2012 Chevy Malibu he was in crashed into the home in the 2700 block of Hamman Way about 1:40 a.m. The driver, who suffered minor injuries and did not have a license, was speeding on Stonebridge Road and lost control on a curve, police told the Chicago Tribune. 

The driver and three passengers, including Meadows, were all 15-year-old boys from Aurora and Naperville.

Tuesday afternoon, students and friends came together on Twitter to share stories about Meadows using the hashtag #RememberDevin.

"Devin Meadows, never forgotten, always loved. He is now in Gods hands. #RememberDevin," said Tori Davidson on Twitter.

"Devin passed away right by my house, I saw police cars everywhere and thought nothing of it.#rip #rememberdevin I will always love you," said Olivia Loutsis on Twitter.

Metea Valley Principal Jim Schmid said the district's crisis team has been put in place to support students and staff members. 

"It is with great sadness that I write to share with you that the Metea Valley community mourns the loss of sophomore student Devin Meadows, who passed away as the result of a car accident," Schmid said in a District 204 letter. "If you feel your child is having any difficulty with this news, please don't hesitate to contact us so that we can be aware of your child's needs. And please keep the Meadows family in your thoughts during this very difficult time." 

Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune. 

Jim Smith October 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
If I hear another Naperville mom or dad say, "Boys will be boys!" in order to rationalize inconsiderate, selfish, or dangerous behavior, I'm gonna puke.
king October 24, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Its so sad to hear that someone lost their life, but we as parents need to take a long hard look at this situation and take responsibility. Its 1:40 am! Do you know were your kids are? Get ya lazy ass out of the bed and check. At 1:40 am my children are sound asleep. Especially on a school day. Be accountable for you children!
Martin Zengoski October 24, 2012 at 02:55 AM
maybe you should pay more attention when you read since devin wasnt the person driving the vehicle
D Smith October 24, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Let's just get to the point: What were the kids doing out that late? taking a joy ride. Where were the parents? Asleep just like you were. I tried to put my 15 year old in a crib at night, but he keeps climbing out!
GrowUp October 24, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Okay so if you have children and this happened to one of them, don't be surprised if people respond with well, they deserved it! What a stupid child! You must be a shitty dad for your child choosing to make that decision! Get real. They made a mistake and I am in no way justifying their behavior, but people like you who respond with such negative comments make me want to PUKE.
P05 October 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. Someone lost a child. Someone lost a friend. Be thankful that your child is there to hug this morning and stop passing judgement.
Shanta Agee October 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Everyone needs to take inventory of their own households. Hug your chikdren and tell them you love them frequently. Teach them what is right by an example. Pray for your children when they go to school and our with their peers. Peer pressure is real and so is death. Be the best parent you can. Please dont judge anyones parenting please look in the mirror and if the reflection shows you something that needs to be corrected. Then do so. Keep his parents and his family in yours prayers and take off your judgment hat. It could of been one of your nephews or your sons friends. Devin was Aunti's baby
TMarshall October 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
So sad. The family is in my prayers.
Albert Gazalooch October 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is a sad situation indeed but, when the crying is over, ask YOUR kid what reason he or she would have for being out on a school night, after curfew, in a car with other teenagers. Chances are it wasn't to collect disaster relief funds for the
mike ellison October 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The homeowners were lucky that no one was killed in their house after these unlicensed fools crashed their car into it. The homeowners are the victims in this case and will likely have a mess on their hands for many months of trying to get their house repaired. I do feel bad for the parents of the kid who was killed; but my gosh, with behavior like that it's only inevitable that something bad was eventually going to happen.
Albert Gazalooch October 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Mike... I'm sure you'll catch a lot of flack from people who side with those who lack reason and accountability!
Naptow October 25, 2012 at 02:25 AM
well said
Steve October 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This just underscores the reason why we must drill into our children's heads that wearing seat belts is a must, must, must. We can argue all we want about being out late, driving without licenses, and so on, but in the end this poor child may have survived if he had been wearing his seat belt. Use this situation to remind children to put them on because living IS cool and dying is uncool. Read this story at the dinner table to put the fear of God into our fearless little children.
Taylor Walker October 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM
It's a part of there garage, they will get over it....they didnt loose their house a family lost a child. Yeah sorry it's going to take a while to fix their garage put Devins parents heart wont be fixed. Devin was a friend of mine, all the kids in that car i watched them grow up and i do appreciate the fact that you do feel bad but please dont call them fools
J. Dawes October 26, 2012 at 01:18 PM
As I read some I these comments I wonder if it makes it easier for us to accet the death of a child if there is someone to blame. His parents didn't do a good job, the kids were breaking the rules...does this mean he deserved to die? We are human. We make mistakes. Our kids make mistakes and take risks. We are thankful, lucky parents when our kids take risks and make it home safely to our loving, albiet angry arms. These boys took a risk and got caught. It is not fair to imply that they deserved what they got or that their parents weren't bringing them up right. I am so very for this family. I can't imagine the pain they are experiencing and it is a pain I never want to feel.
ilovemylifemyman@gmail.com October 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
A prayer goes out to the family,my children's knew devin..This saddens me I have to say when my kids came home from school and told me,I told them I was sorry to hear about there friend asked them were they ok and afterwards I said"this is why I stressed at you guys to wear your seatbelt"I'm not sure if he would be hear today if he have had it on but it was a chance of it,I didn't say why are they out this late or wear we're the parent,because me as a parent with 2 teenagers I have exspirenced put ten my girls to bed,and waken up at 1am and they snuck out the house ,and it took us 11 hours of knocked on doors involving the police posting them on the web.it was the worst day of my life and they are 13,15 and there reasons were simply we wanted some air,so this is why I don't pass judgment course I'm a strict on hands parent 24 hours aday only time I'm not around my kids is when there in school or I'm sleep,I say this to say we as parents can only do so much you can enstill in your children's to do the right thing,make the right decitions and just pray pray pray because at the end of the day it is up to them the choices they make and the consecuences that follow.to any parent who has a teenager.... Know that this is tru,it is not always the parents....may God keep our children's safe...lisa johnson
karen johnson October 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Agreed, my daughter was and is a good friend of these boys. They are good kids who did something stupid, and we want to put adult blame on kids who don't think as adults-they can't; their brain isn't fully developed. The parents of these boys are responsible, they did teach their kids right from wrong , and this horrible tragedy still happened! It can happen to anyone.
Mari walbridge October 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
OMG!!! How insensitive can you possibly be. These are good parents. These boys made several stupid choices and one of them has paid with his life. Are you really naive enough to think you are a perfect parent and your children never make stupid choices?! People need to shut up and stop throwing rocks from their own glass houses. My prayers are with the family. They need our support, love and prayers not second guessing. They are feeling awful enough without others passing judgement.
Johny October 29, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Smashing pumpkins. I go to Metea, and we all know that that was what he was doing.
ConcernedMom October 30, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Well said!!!!!
neighbor November 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The report says the driver suffered only minor injuries. Please pray for him. Though I don't know him, I am sure he would go back and change it all if he could. I hope that someday he can forgive himself and realize that it was simply a stupid thing to do. Many teens do stupid things, and they usually live. This time, there was fatality. I can't imagine the pain the parents and families are suffering, but I also can't imagine the pain that the driver is suffering. He needs support now too. Don't let him give up! I implore those around him to help him to move forward and make a turn around.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
You are right on. All of these touchy-feely apologists are part of the problem. If you do your job as a parent and actually RAISE your children, you don't have to worry about them making these kinds of terrible decisions.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I AM passing judgment because having these delinquents out making mischief puts OTHER people's families at risk just like drunk drivers. A tragedy? Absolutely. But the kids and the families should not be let off the hook just because the outcome was predictably bad. Thank god no bystanders were injured.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:13 PM
You are right on. They are/were fools. And delinquents. The parents of all of these fools should be held to account.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
What are you guys talking about? They are not and were not "good" kids. They are and we're juvenile delinquents. They are only being defended here because they were "popular" kids. They were out acting as vandals and were driving illegally and recklessly. The resulting tragedy is sad, but not surprising. Sugar coating this by calling them "good kids" is an insult to all the actual good kids that were home in bed on a school night.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Jail time should give him plenty of time to reflect.
Dick D November 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Miriam December 16, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Wow I can see why your name is dick. My sympathies to Devin's family especially after what happened in Connecticut. God bless.
cms January 01, 2013 at 04:05 PM
as of 01/01/2013 this kid who killed the other boy still attends school M-F at Metea valley high school. whats up with that?
unknownauthor April 02, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Watch your kids. Know your kids. Talk to them. Build a relationship. These parents leave them alone & they don't take part of their lives. I see this new generation & it's out of control. There is no ground. No punishment. No one wants to take responsibility. Where is the apologies? These kids have no idea? They leave there homes in pajama's. & expect the world a drive thru window & a text from there phone to have a conversation. These kids today are SPOIlED!


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