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Teen driver arraigned on 2nd degree murder charges following chase, deadly crash

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The teen suspect who led police on a chase that led to a crash that killed two people was charged Thursday on two counts of second degree murder.

Alejandro “Alex” Torrez, 17, is now charged as an adult after he was arraigned in 62B District Court in Kentwood on Thursday.

Torrez will be back in court April 13 for a probable cause hearing and then April 24 for his preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say evidence shows Torrez had alcohol, marijuana, and controlled substances in his system at the time of the crash.

Torrez’s bond was set at $1 million dollars.

Torrez was driving on March 11 when he fled from a Michigan State Police trooper who tried to pull him over for speeding.  After leading police on a chase, Torrez’s vehicle hit a vehicle driven by Tara Oskam, 21, on Broadmoor at 52nd Street.  Oskam, a Calvin College student, was killed.  A passenger in Torrez’s vehicle, David Torrez, 15, was also killed in the crash.  David was Alejandro’s cousin. Alejandro Torrez was also seriously injured in the crash.

Records showed that Alejandro Torrez did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash and had been stopped three times for driving without a license. Kent County court records also show Alejandro Torrez has a juvenile criminal record. Previously, he was charged in 2015 for carrying concealed brass knuckles and a knife. He was also charged that year with stealing a car and jewelry.

He was ordered by the court not to have any contact with the Maniac Latin Disciples gang.

Michigan State Police concluded after the crash that the trooper involved had followed correct protocols in continuing pursuit of Torrez.

 

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