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'American Idol' Star Caleb Kennedy Charged With Felony DUI After Crashing Truck, Killing One

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Feb. 9 2022, Published 11:14 a.m. ET

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Caleb Kennedy, a former contestant on American Idol, has been charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death after allegedly driving his truck into a building and killing the man inside.

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According to PEOPLE Magazine, who spoke to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Kennedy crashed his truck into a workshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.

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"A 2011 Ford pickup was traveling north on West Murph Road when the vehicle traveled onto a private drive at 269 West Murph Road and struck a building," Trooper Ridgeway told the outlet. "A person inside the building sustained fatal injury as a result of the collision."

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"The driver is identified as Caleb Andrew Kennedy, 17-year-old male from Roebuck, South Carolina," Trooper Ridgeway continued. "This crash remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. There will be no further updates at this time."

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The victim killed in the collision was later identified as 54-year-old Larry Duane Parris who, according to the Spartanburg County Coroners Office, was pronounced dead at the hospital three hours after the crash.

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Kennedy made headlines last year after advancing to the Top 5 final contestants of American Idol’s 19th season. But he was removed from the show after a controversial video resurfaced depicting the former contestant with a close friend who was wearing an outfit very similar to that worn by the Ku Klux Klan.

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“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” the teenager revealed on Instagram after being kicked off of the show for the Snapchat video. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.”

“I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me,” he continued. “I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

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Although Kennedy’s mom/manager has not issued a statement regarding the fatal crash involving her son, the young musician is reportedly still behind bars.

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