Dad Faces Jail Time After 15-Year-Old Unlicensed Daughter Gets Into Fatal Car Crash

How many parents have let their unlicensed teens drive their cars? Probably more than would admit it, I'd be willing to bet. Unfortunately for this dad, the decision to let his 15-year-old daughter drive had some tragic consequences.


Michael Ware, 54, faces up to 16 years in prison, after allowing his daughter to drive his SUV near their vacation home near Hamlin, Pennsylvania. The teen was involved in a fatal accident in 2014, killing three of her friends.

Ware pleaded guilty last month to three counts of involuntary manslaughter, and three counts of reckless endangerment -- one for each of the three teens in the car who survived the crash, including his daughter, Julia.

On August 30 of last year, Ware let his 15-year-old daughter drive his Chevy Suburban in the Pocono Mountains, and then lied about it to the police. 

Judge Raymond Hamill in Wayne County Court of Common Pleas in Honesdale sentenced the dad to 6-1/2 to 16 years in prison, and prosecutors said, "What's so troubling is not just that a young person ignored the law, but that her parent did as well ... Now there are three young lives lost, and six families forever changed by one reckless and negligent father."

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How absolutely tragic! Apparently it wasn't the first time Michael let Julia drive, so he undoubtedly didn't think twice about it.

Hopefully other parents will learn from his mistake -- let an unlicensed teen driver borrow your car is not OK, no matter how much you don't want to play chauffeur.

Julia Ware won't face any jail time herself, but was sentenced last May to perform community service, write letters of apology to the three families, and pay $40,000 in restitution. She will be on probation until she's 21.

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