GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The trial of a teen accused of killing two people during a high speed chase last spring is underway.
Alex Torrez, 17, rejected a plea deal and is now on trial. He is being charged as an adult on two counts of Murder, 2nd degree.
Torrez allegedly led police on a high speed chase that reached speeds of 116 mph before he crashed into a car driven by Tara Oskam, a 21-year-old Calvin College student, at Broadmoor and 52nd Street in Kentwood. Oskam, and Torrez's cousin, David, who was a passenger in his vehicle, died in the crash.
State records showed that Torrez did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the crash. He also has a criminal history of stealing a vehicle, carrying concealed weapons, like brass knuckles and a knife.
The trial began Tuesday morning, but was adjourned for the day around Noon. It is expected to continue Wednesday morning and again on Thursday.