A man who fled police Sunday and later was involved in a crash that killed a Sacramento-area woman was wanted on a warrant and was a gang member, according to Sacramento police.
Police said that at about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, gang enforcement officers were at Rio Linda Boulevard near Eleanor Avenue in North Sacramento when they recognized a man with an outstanding felony warrant. Officers also knew the 19-year-old man was a validated gang member.
When he spotted the officers, the man fled, jumping into a parked vehicle and driving westbound on Eleanor Avenue. As he drove away, he intentionally nearly hit one of the officers who was on foot, according to police.
Two police sergeants in marked patrol units quickly spotted the fleeing man’s car and attempted to make it stop. However, the man refused to stop and officers pursued him with red lights and sirens activated.
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The man sped away from the patrol cars with the lead patrol supervisor in pursuit losing sight of him as the car turned westbound on Helena Avenue from Taft Street. At Helena Avenue and Del Paso Boulevard, officers said, the suspect failed to halt at a stop sign. He then collided with a pickup truck traveling southbound on Del Paso Boulevard, a major North Sacramento street. The force of the impact killed a passenger in the truck, a woman in her 50s, and injured the driver.
The pickup driver, a Sacramento-area resident in his 50s, was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not released the name of the woman in the pickup.
After the collision, the suspect attempted to escape but was taken into custody by officers. The crash occurred about a half-mile from where gang officers first tried to detain the suspect.
He was still in the hospital Monday with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not identified him, pending his arrest.
Officers expect that he will eventually be booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, assault on an officer, evading police and the original arrest warrant.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.