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Teen Faces Manslaughter Charge After High Speed Chase Crash

Parked Car Hit in Four-Vehicle Pile-up
Posted at 8:28 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 03:31:28-05

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a central Florida teen faces a manslaughter charge after his 15-year-old passenger died in a crash during a high-speed chase with police.

Lakeland police Sgt. Gary Gross tells local news outlets that Milaya Cooper died Tuesday night after being pulled from a stolen vehicle that caught fire. The 16-year-old driver also faces numerous charges.

Gross says the driver suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

He says the vehicle reached speeds of 95 mph before crashing. An officer pulled the teen from the burning vehicle, but he resisted and the officer used a stun gun.

Gross says the teen never said anyone else was in the car. Cooper was in the back, surrounded by smoke. Arriving officers saw her and pulled her out.

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