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Family of Ottawa County teen rallies for Justice for Jonathan

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 21:00:18-04

OTTAWA COUNTY, MICH. — For now, no charges have been filed against the woman who police believe hit and killed an Ottawa County teenager with her vehicle. The accident happened in late September when Jonathan Bracamontes was walking near the intersection of US 31 and Riley Street.

The 15-year-old’s family and friends rallied at the Sheriff’s Department Wednesday and marched with signs while chanting “Justice for Jonathan.” His mother and a few other family members met with the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police say the woman who hit him did not notify them until after she arrived at work and said she had hit something, but wasn’t sure what. Bracamontes was found near the side of the road and later pronounced dead.

It is routine for the prosecutor’s office to meet with a victim’s family during an investigation. The lawyer for the Bracamontes’ family says they are pleased no snap decisions have been made. They hope the prosecutor’s office dives deeper into evidence in this case.

“At this time they have to determine a couple of things,” said the Bracamontes family lawyer, Nichole Jongsma Derks. “First of all, whether the driver is criminally liable for his death and whether an event occurred that would cause a crime.”

There is no timeline for the investigation to be completed.