Televised Police Pursuit Ends with Violent Collision at Busy Pasadena Intersection

Published : Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5:31 AM

A 53-year-old woman was seriously injured late Thursday afternoon when a driver fleeing police in an extended televised pursuit plowed into her car in a Pasadena intersection.

The woman was eastbound crossing Orange Grove Boulevard on West Holly Street when the suspect’s white utility truck slammed into her car’s driver-side front door at 5:18 p.m.

KABC estimated the suspect’s truck was traveling at 53 m.p.h. when it collided with victim’s Toyota RAV-4 SUV.

The suspect was being watched by law enforcement and television helicopters and trailed by a California Highway Patrol unit at the time of the crash.

He was immediately taken into custody at gunpoint. He was slightly injured.

Pasadena firefighters were watching the pursuit on live television. Realizing the potential for a collision, they were prepped and ready to roll at the time of the incident, Pasadena spokesperson Lisa Derderian said.

Both Pasadena firefighters and police arrived at the scene almost immediately after the collision.

Derderian said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to extricate the victim from her car’s wreckage. The driver was the only occupant of the car.

In the back seat, firefighters found two children’s’ car seats, Derderian said.

The pursuit began in Bell Gardens shortly before Los Angeles television stations began coverage at 4:35 p.m. Originally the suspect was only wanted for reckless driving.

The suspect drove at high speeds for almost an hour, whizzing through rush hour traffic on the 110, 134 and 210 freeways, and winding along congested surface streets in Alhambra, South Pasadena and finally Pasadena.

The suspect was not immediately identified.


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