Trial underway for teen accused in chase and fatal crash

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.

Tara Oskam - from Calvin College

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.


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  • Old Bob

    I hope they lock him up and keep him there. I hope he finds himself lock up with someone named BuBu thats looing for a sissy. That will wipe the smile off his face.