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Innocent driver killed in high-speed pursuit

June 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A high-speed pursuit in Baldwin Park ended tragically Friday with an innocent driver killed when the suspect crashed into another vehicle near Ramona Boulevard and Francisquito Avenue.According to Baldwin Park police, officers spotted a blue SUV that had been reported stolen in El Monte earlier in the morning. They ordered the driver to pull over, but the suspect took off.

"The pursuit was short, approximately two and a half miles," said Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso. "During the pursuit when the vehicles reached the intersection of Ramona and Francisquito in the city of Baldwin Park, the suspect vehicle collided with a second uninvolved motorist."

The driver of the white car was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. His vehicle burst into flames.

"I looked out the window and the car was all in flames, the whole car not the front, not the back but the whole car. There's no way that person was safe," said Cristine Sanchez.

The suspect managed to get out of the SUV and ran from the crash scene, but was later caught and taken into custody. The suspect could be facing vehicular manslaughter charges.

The victim's identity has not yet been released. Sources tell Eyewitness News the victim was in his late 30s and worked as a youth counselor. He was reportedly on his way to pick up his paycheck.


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