LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) – A 17-year-old Berlin youth has been sentenced to a year in jail for negligent homicide in the death of a 12-year-old boy.

David Broome pleaded guilty under an agreement. Last year, he lost control of his car and struck Brian Wu in Gorham as the boy was in-line skating. Wu later died. Police said they believed Broome was traveling 50 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone.

Broome was sentenced in Coos County Superior Court on Monday. He apologized in court to Wu’s parents, who have become advocates for requiring additional training and supervised driving time for young drivers.

“Words can’t describe how I feel for you,” Broome said.

Wu’s parents felt that the year in jail, followed by five years’ probation, was a slim penalty.

“No matter what, my son’s not here, and he got is nothing compared to what happened to my son,” Teresa Wu siad.

Broome also will have to pay $4,000 to a scholarship fund set up for Wu, teach children about safe driving, and carry a photo of Wu in his wallet.


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