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Layn Alan Meyer. Photo: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

A Jurupa Valley man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy by an act of reckless driving that catapulted the teen out of the bed of a pickup truck pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony and misdemeanor charges.

Layn Alan Meyer, 22, was arrested last month after allegedly causing the death of Andrew Botello.

Meyer is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, child abuse, providing false information to law enforcement and a sentence-enhancing allegation of inflicting great bodily injury.

Meyer was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Sept. 29 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Meyer is free on a $75,000 bond.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Raemie Wood, the fatality occurred on the night of July 20 in the area of Lakeside and Live Oak drives, about three miles from the defendant’s residence.

Meyer was driving north when he allegedly engaged in maneuvers that ejected the 14-year-old onto the street, where he suffered major blunt force trauma.

Botello was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died a short time later.

After conducting an investigation at the scene and speaking with witnesses, detectives went to Meyer’s home in the 4000 block of Scholes Avenue and arrested him without incident.

Meyer has no documented prior felony convictions.

–City News Service

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