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Woman who died in police pursuit in Folsom is identified by coroner

The driver who fled from deputies at speeds up to 100 mph before she crashed into a Folsom building last week has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 20-year-old Alicia French of Fair Oaks.

The pursuit of the stolen vehicle began just before 3 a.m. Thursday in Arden Arcade, near Darwin Street and Red Robin Lane, when a deputy checked the car’s license plate and found it was stolen.

The deputy tried to get French to pull over but she immediately sped away. The chase led to Madison Avenue, where French drove east at speeds up to 100 mph, according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull. Officers placed a spike strip in the roadway and the speeding car ran over it, puncturing a tire.

French continuedd down Madison Avenue and over the Rainbow Bridge into the older part of Folsom. On a sweeping turn just over the bridge, French was unable to maintain control.

The car then crashed into a hair salon on Sutter Street. French was pronounced dead at the scene.

Turnbull said that the car French was driving was reported stolen Dec. 9 in Sacramento.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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