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State Police identify teens killed in Grand Rapids crash
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - State Police have identified two teens killed in an early morning crash, and they're now asking for your help in finding a third passenger that ran off for unknown reasons.
State Police confirmed the driver, 17-year-old Julien Tirado, and one of his three passengers, 17-year-old Kevin Boonheaun were killed in the crash on westbound I-196 in Grand Rapids Monday night.
A third passenger was taken to spectrum with unknown injuries and State Police say a K-9 unit was unable to track down another passenger that ran off.
State Police say that after loosing control at high speeds, Tirado lost control of his car which was then broadsided by a second cara Ford Ranger pickup truck.
The driver of the truck is very shaken up, but graciously agreed to speak to Newschannel 3.
For that reason, he has asked not to be identified. All indications are he was a victim in this crash as well.
We've also learned from the Secretary of State that Tirado did not have a license and has never had a license so he should not have even been on the road Monday night.
The driver of the truck says he was driving home from work just after midnight like he's done a thousand times before.
I saw a motorist with their hazards on on the right shoulder; as a courtesy I switched to the left-hand lane, he recalled.
State Police say that motorist pulled over because it was passed moments before by a Honda at high speeds.
The driver of the Honda, 17-year-old Julien Tirado, then reportedly lost control, spun out and struck the guardrail several times before coming to rest sideways in the left-hand lane with all its lights smashed out.
And about a second later, I started hitting debris and about a second after that, I hit the vehicle, the driver of the truck said.
He says he didn't even have a chance to hit his brakes.
I struck the vehicle on the driver side; my airbags deployed, he added.
Amazingly he wasn't hurt, but that relief was quickly replaced with panic.
I immediately called 9-1-1 because I feared the worst, he said. I mean, you hit somebody on their driver side at that speed, that's not a good scenario.
Newschannel 3 also spoke with one of Tirado's family members Tuesday.
He says he told State Police who it was that ran away from the crash this morning, State Police say they are still trying to identify that passenger, to make sure he is alive if nothing else.
Newschannel 3 will have more as the situation continues to evolve.