- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 17-year-old driver has been convicted of second-degree murder and other charges for leading police on a high-speed chase in western Michigan that ended with a crash that killed two people.

A Kent County jury reached the verdict Friday against Alejandro Torrez for the March 11 crash in the city of Kentwood, near Grand Rapids.

Authorities say a state trooper tried to stop Torrez for speeding, but he fled and reached speeds topping 110 mph before going through a red light. That’s when his car slammed into a car driven by 21-year-old Calvin College student Tara Oskam. She was killed, along with Torrez’s passenger and 15-year-old cousin David Torrez.

Defense attorney James Kiebel says Torrez was immature and didn’t understand the danger he caused others.

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