Dylan S. Pierce, 17, was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a passenger in the truck he crashed Friday morning died.
Police say Pierce lost control of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup while traveling eastbound on Cook Road just east of 169 Highway around 3 a.m. Friday. The vehicle went off the road and hit a tree.
Pierce was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and was later released.
Cole Patrick, 18, of St. Joseph was pronounced dead on the scene. Patrick was a backseat passenger in the truck. Another passenger, 18-year-old Brent S. Bush of DeKalb was allowed to leave the scene by private vehicle with minor injuries.
Police said Patrick and Pierce were not wearing seat belts.