Teen Dies During Police Chase

Teen Dies During Police Chase

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PAROWAN, Utah (AP) -- A Colorado teenager driving a stolen car was killed during a high-speed chase with sheriff's deputies, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

Eric Campos, 16, of Aurora, Colo., was thrown from the Jeep Cherokee when it rolled several times after he lost control on a southbound exit ramp on Interstate 15 around 10:15 p.m. Friday, the patrol said.

A 16-year-old girl was thrown from the passenger seat. She was flown to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she was listed in serious condition Saturday night.

"They were pushing over 100 miles per hour, then they hit the excit at about 100 and the car just rolled," Patrol spokesman Chris Kramer said.

Kramer said the teens had stolen a van in Aurora, Colo., and drove it to Utah. They left the van in Beaver, where they stole the Jeep in a restaurant parking lot, Kramer said.

A Beaver County Sheriff's deputy saw the Jeep heading south on I-15 and began the chase. Campos was going too fast when he took the exit ramp and lost control, rolling the vehicle several times.

Campos died at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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