MSP: Crash that killed 2 ‘horrific,’ ‘Like a bomb went off’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Relatives of both people killed in a fiery Kentwood crash following a police chase wept Wednesday as images of the aftermath were shown in court.

Jurors heard from 11 witnesses Wednesday in the trial of 17-year-old Alex Torrez. He faces 10 charges, including two counts of second-degree murder, in connection to the March 11 crash that killed Calvin College student Tara Oskam and Torrez’s passenger, his 15-year-old cousin, David Torrez.

Michigan State Police say Alex Torrez refused to stop when a trooper tried to pull him over for speeding on US-131. After about five minutes and seven miles, the chase ended when Alex Torrez ran a red light at 52nd Street and Broadmoor Avenue and slammed into Oskam’s vehicle.

David Torrez and Oskam were thrown from their respective vehicles and killed.

All the officers who responded to the scene testified Wednesday that they had never seen anything like it.

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