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Teen convicted in carjacking that led to deadly crash

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep. 12, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Sep. 12, 2019 10:00 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) A teenager has been convicted in a carjacking that led to a crash near St. Louis Lambert International Airport in which a 9-year-old was killed and three relatives were hurt as they returned from a trip to Disney World in Florida.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 19-year-old Darian Cummings was found guilty Wednesday of two counts of robbery. He's scheduled to be tried next month on a second-degree murder charge in the April 2017 death of Caleb Lee.

Police say Cummings was 16 when he and a 15-year-old carjacked a sport utility vehicle in St. Louis. Six hours later, police spotted the SUV on Interstate 70. Police say Cummings sped off, exited near the airport, ran a red light and crashed into the car in which Caleb was riding with his mother, aunt and 5-year-old brother. Cummings was certified to stand trial as an adult.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,