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A Wheaton driver was charged with negligent homicide in the 2013 crash that led to the death of Oscar Alexander Orellana, the 18-year-old passenger in his car.

Cristian Omar Vargas, 19, of Wheaton, was indicted in April on six criminal charges, including negligent homicide, negligent manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. Vargas entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday, according to online court records.

An attorney listed for Vargas did not return a request for comment Monday.

At around 2:40 a.m. Dec. 21, Montgomery County police responded to reports of a crash in the 11700 block of Old Columbia Pike.

Police said the Infiniti G35 that Vargas was driving veered over the center line into southbound traffic, where it struck a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe head-on.

Vargas’s passenger, Orellana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Tahoe was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July.

tarnold@gazette.net