Trial Delayed for Conn. Driver in Mass. Crash That Killed 4

The trial of a Connecticut man police say was driving an SUV that crashed in Springfield, Massachusetts, killing four passengers, has been delayed because he has a new lawyer.

The Republican newspaper reports that 19-year-old Aaron Thorne was granted a new lawyer last week, pushing back the start of his trial. Thorne said his previous attorney didn't have a "positive attitude."

The New Haven man faces four counts of manslaughter and other charges stemming from the January 2017 crash in Springfield that claimed the lives of a 20-year-old man and three high school students.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Police say Thorne was driving more than 70 mph (112 kph) when he hit a tree. The SUV had been reported stolen.

The trial was scheduled to start in June. A new date hasn't been set.

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