Teens fleeing Michigan State Police had past run-ins with the law before crash

The two teens police were pursuing have juvenile records and one had an arrest warrant issued against him on Friday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The teenager killed in the fatal crash Saturday, March 11, after a pursuit by Michigan State Police has been identified as 15-year-old David Torrez.

Michigan State Police released his name Monday morning at a news conference.

David was the passenger in the car that fled a traffic stop, leading to a pursuit around 10 p.m. Saturday.

The car David was in crashed into a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Tara Oskam. The crash occurred near the intersection of Broadmoor Avenue and 52nd Street SE.

David and Oskam died at the scene.

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Also during this morning's press conference, MSP said they are confident troopers followed all protocol set forth when engaging in a pursuit.

WZZM 13 researched David's background in Kent County Court records and found he did not return to the Muskegon River Youth Home in Evart as he was supposed to on Thursday, March 9. He was given permission to leave for a home visit.

On Friday, March 10, Judge G. Patrick Hillary issued a pick up order for David, asking that he be taken to the Kent County Juvenile Detention facility.

David had three cases pending at the time of his death, including breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and trespassing.

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The driver of the car involved in the pursuit is 16-year-old Alejandro (Alex) Torrez. A person who lives at his home told WZZM 13 Alex is currently in the hospital because of the injuries he suffered while he was driving the vehicle that crashed Saturday night.

It is believed that Alejandro and David are related.

The State of Michigan Secretary of State's office says Alex did not have a Michigan driver's license, but he has three citations for "driving while license not valid or improper license." Those three citations happened in March 2016, April 2016 and May 2016, all in the city of Grand Rapids.

In two of the cases, Alex received a suspension of his license, even though he did not yet have a driver's license. He has to take care of all of the related suspensions and fines before he can get a valid license.

Alex also has a juvenile criminal record. Kent County Court records show he had previous counts of receiving and concealing stolen property and carrying a concealed weapon.

The crash remains under investigation by Michigan State Police.

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