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Caleb Andrew Kennedy Former South Carolina ‘American Idol’ contestant charged with DUI in a deadly crash.
He is from Roebuck is being charged with felony DUI resulting in death.
He is 17 years old.
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On Tuesday, the former “American Idol” contestant will be in court Wednesday morning after being charged with DUI in a deadly crash in South Carolina.
Andrew Kennedy from Roebuck is charged with felony DUI resulting in death, according to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Ridgeway said Kennedy’s 2011 Ford pickup was travelling north on West Murph Road in Spartanburg when it drove onto a private driveway and hit a building.
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Larry Duane Parris, 54, who was in the building, was taken to the hospital where he died at 3:45 p.m., according to Rusty Clevenger from the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.
Kennedy was also taken to the hospital.
On Wednesday, South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators were back home recreating the crash.
Kennedy was a finalist on “American Idol” in 2021 before removing himself after a video showed him “sitting next to someone wearing a Klan-like hood.”
Kennedy is expected in court for a hearing Wednesday morning.
According to the official Spartanburg County Sherriff’s Office inmate listings, Caleb Andrew Kennedy was booked by Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Horton and held without bond.
Kennedy abruptly exited American Idol before the Top 5 after a video showing him with someone who appeared to be wearing a hood similar to that of the Ku Klux Klan surfaced online.
“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise, but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” Kennedy’s statement began. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet, and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.”
Kennedy was just 12-years-old when the video was filmed, and his mother later shared a statement about the clip, telling fans it had “nothing to do with the “Ku Klux Klan.