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Victims' families react to shocking court details after crash

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Shocking details came out in a court hearing in which a judge ordered the Chesterfield teen accused in an apparent drunk driving accident over the weekend remain in custody. 

In an exclusive interview with NBC12, the victim's families expressed shock at the information.  They have not wanted to talk on camera in the three days since their loved ones were unexpectedly taken from them. Monday night, they were relieved to learn a judge ordered the teen accused of aggravated involuntary manslaughter remain in custody.

The parents of the 17-year old alleged drunk driver sobbed as they left the Chesterfield County courthouse without their son.  Across town two families choked back tears as they mourn their loss.  Walid Elaouar's brother Eddie was one of two best friends who died in a mangled mess of metal. 

"People are still in shock," he told us.  "They don't believe it.  They don't want to believe that this has actually happened."

According to the commonwealth's attorney, the teen told troopers he took five to seven tequila shots at his parent's house before getting behind the wheel to visit his girlfriend.  He wasn't supposed to be driving in the first place, as we're told he didn't have his license yet.

Troopers say he entered the Powhite Parkway on the Courthouse Road exit. He had to go through a toll booth in the wrong direction. We learned Monday in the mile to the crash site, a Chesterfield Police officer and a Richmond Sheriff's deputy in two separate vehicles had to dodge the car.

The GMC Yukon, though, collided head on with Eddie's car. Prosecutors said the teen told troopers he didn't know he hit someone.  

"It's an unfortunate thing that he did what he did and we're suffering because of it," Elaouar said.

The judge explained she didn't think there were enough safeguards in the suspect's parents' home because he is clearly a danger to the community.

"At the end we just need justice for my brother and his friend," Elaouar explained.

Many viewers asked if the parents will face any charges because the teen got the alcohol at their home.  We checked with our legal analyst and he explained charges against the parents are unlikely. There is no culpability on their part.

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