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Jury finds driver guilty of second-degree murder in crash

September 13, 2018

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The driver of an auto fleeing police that crashed into an SUV, killing one and injuring four others has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Theresa Marie Gafken was found guilty Wednesday in the death of 48-year-old Kristine Donahue of Chesterfield Township.

The 36-year-old Gafken wept silently at the defense table after the verdict was read. She will be sentenced on Oct. 8.

A Port Huron officer tried to stop the car driven by Gafken on April 11 when she sped off. The car went through a red light, striking three vehicles a mile after the chase began.

The jurors were given the option of finding Gafken innocent or guilty of second-degree murder or guilty of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter with gross negligence.

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