The 18-year-old behind the wheel in a crash that killed two northeast Ohio high school seniors has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in connection with the wreck.

Chapin Berk of Aurora pleaded not guilty July 22 to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of operation without reasonable control.

Police have said the SUV Berk was driving was traveling 55 mph in a 35 mph zone when it veered off the road and hit two trees in Gates Mills in May. Berk told police he swerved to avoid something in the street.

Alexander Doody and Joshua Weil, both 18, died in the crash. Berk and another 18-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.

All four teens were students at Hawken Upper School.

A message seeking comment from Berk's attorney wasn't immediately returned.