LA VERNE (CNS) – Two people died from injuries they suffered when a vehicle being chased by police in La Verne slammed into another vehicle and a total of three passengers in the two cars were hospitalized this morning in critical condition.
Officers spotted a red Acura Integra fail to stop at a stop sign and at a red light in the area of White Avenue and Arrow Highway at 8:50 p.m. Thursday and when police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled northbound on White Avenue from First Street and a pursuit began, according to a statement from the La Verne Police Department.
The chase lasted less than a mile and ended when the Integra crashed into a black Toyota Corolla near the intersection of White Avenue and College Lane, police said.
“The driver of the red car was speeding up White (Avenue), going northbound, and t-boned the black car,” a witness identified only as Nathan told ABC7. “I guess there was a chase that was just starting.”
Paramedics transported two people in the Corolla and three people in the Integra to a hospital where both drivers were pronounced dead and the three other passengers were in critical condition, police said.
The driver of the Corolla was identified as Marlet Reyes, 68, of La Verne. The name of the Integra driver and the three other patients were not disclosed.
White Avenue between College Lane and Towne Center Drive was closed until about 7 a.m. Friday while an investigation was conducted, police said.
The crash was being investigated by the California Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team.
Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call the La Verne Police Department at 909-596-1913.