Man Guilty of Killing 3 Passengers in Crash

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    NBCMiami.com
    Alberto De Jesus Coteron Oliva in court on September 20, 2011.

    A South Florida man faces up to 75 years in prison after being convicted of killing three people in car crash.

    A Miami-Dade County jury convicted 22-year-old Alberto de Jesus Coteron Oliva of vehicular homicide Friday. His sentencing date has not been set.

    Authorities say Coteron was hanging out with 17-year-old Veronica Santiago, 15-year-old Isis Maciel Jimenez and 17-year-old Daniel Cardenas in August 2011 at the Dolphin Mall in Doral when the group decided to go for a ride.

    At some point that night, Coteron tried to race his 1994 Honda Civic against a black Infiniti. Prosecutors say Coteron was driving around 80 mph before losing control and hitting a light post. The Miami Herald  reports that the crash split the car in two.

    Defense attorneys argued that Coteron was never going that fast and that another car bumped him off the road.