Posted at: 11/14/2012 11:12 AM
Updated at: 11/14/2012 4:17 PM
By: Leslie Dyste
A man was convicted of hitting and killing a 16-year-old girl outside a St. Paul High School.
Carlos Viveros-Colorado was convicted on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in connection with the death of Clarisse Grime.
Authorities say the incident happened July 5 outside of Harding High School, where Grime was attending summer school.
According to authorities, Viveros-Colorado was allegedly driving a SUV at excessively high speeds on Third Street when he misjudged a turn and lost control of the vehicle.
The SUV went off of the road, hit a fire hydrant and mowed over a sign before hitting both Grime and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Eduardo Vazquez-Torres.
Grime died at the scene. Vazquez-Torres, also from St. Paul, was conscious and walking following the crash. He was taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to the criminal complaint, Viveros-Colorado spoke to police through an interpreter. He told police his foot was stuck on the accelerator at the time of the incident. He said he has a health problem related to numbness in his legs.
He said the numbness usually lasts about 15 minutes, and he has to rub his legs to get them to work. He admitted it was dangerous for him to drive with his condition, but said he was hoping to make it home from work.
For the criminal vehicular homicide charge Viveros-Colorado faces a maximum sentence of 10 years or $20,000 fine or both. For the criminal vehicular operation charge he faces a maximum sentence of 1 year or $3,000 fine or both.
He'll be sentenced in December.
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