A 20-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of 14-year-old Carson Crimeni.
Crimeni died on Aug. 7, 2019, of a drug overdose near a Langley, B.C., skate park as others stood by and filmed his final moments.
The 20-year-old, who turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest, cannot be named as he was a youth at the time of Crimeni’s death.
He has been released from custody on bail and will appear in court on Oct. 20, Langley RCMP said.
The boy’s father, Aaron Crimeni, told Global News he wants to see more people held accountable.
“One person has been charged as far as we’ve been informed. Myself and my dad both believe that more than one person should be charged,” he said.
There were people involved with filming, there were people that were intentionally not assisting him, for the sake of laughing at him while he OD’d, right?”
Crimeni’s death was filmed and shared on social media.
The video depicts the teen agitated, sweating and in deteriorating condition in the Walnut Grove skate park as a group of older youth mock and laugh at him.
Crimeni wasn’t found until later, alone and barely breathing, in a ditch near the baseball field close to the skate park. He was rushed to hospital, where he died.
“It is my hope these charges bring a small measure of closure to the friends and family of (Crimeni),” Supt. Adrian Marsden, Officer in Charge, Langley Detachment, said in a statement.