Teen pleads guilty over crash that killed 3 outside Matt's Bar

The unlicensed teen was driving at 80mph on Cedar Avenue.
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A teenager has pleaded guilty to causing the death of three people in a high-speed crash  outside Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.

Dayquan Hodge, 18, was behind the wheel and traveling at 80 mph on Cedar Avenue as he fled from a state trooper who had activated emergency lights on I-94.

After running red lights, Hodge crashed broadside into a pickup truck that was parked at Cedar and 35th Street, next to Matt's Bar.

Killed in the collision were husband and wife Kenneth, 64, and Sheryl Carpentier, 65, of Bullhead City, Arizona, and their friend Kimberly Gunderson, 48, of Minneapolis.

There were also four teenage passengers injured in the car driven by Hodge, who didn't have a valid license or insurance, and the vehicle had been reported stolen.

He also admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the crash, and was on probation for theft at the time of the incident.

Hodge pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, and is facing a sentence in the range of 25-40 years, with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman saying his office will be asking for the maximum 40 years.

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