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No charges in crash that killed student

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX)-  According to state prosecutors, former American Heritage wrestler Mateo Londono Armel, will not be criminally charged for the crash that killed his girlfriend, 18 year old Melissa Bergstein last year.

In a memo obtained by the Contact 5 investigators, toxicology tests show Armel had traces of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash but, according to prosecutors, it wasn't enough to impair him.

Melissa Berstein's mother recently filed a lawsuit against Armel, his father and American Heritage School. 

In the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Nicole Van Den Bergh claims the school set the stage for the crash and should have reined in former assistant wrestling coach Eric Popper.

The single-car accident that killed her daughter occurred in connection with a celebration after a wrestling tournament, she contends in the lawsuit. Popper, she said, was "improperly socializing with students."

In the memorandum from the state attorney's office, Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts wrote, "This needless, horrible tragedy was caused by an inattentive teenager who was driving carelessly.  However, no criminal charges will be filed as there is insufficient evidence to prove a crime has been committed."


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