PASADENA — A woman and an 11-year-old boy died Tuesday when a minivan they were riding in was struck by an SUV vehicle that was fleeing police, officials said.
The fatal crash took place about 9 p.m. at the corner of Maple Street and North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The names of the 25-year-old woman and boy who died in the collision were not released Wednesday pending family notification, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. Their cities of residence were not available.
Four unidentified persons were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the deadly collision, Sanchez said.
The pursuit began after officers attempted to stop a silver SUV for a traffic violation about a mile north of the crash scene at Marengo Avenue and Claremont Street, police said.
The suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and police followed with lights and sirens, Sanchez said.
“The victims’ vehicle was attempting to make a left turn when it was struck,” Sanchez said.
There were five people in the car which was hit, he said.
The three other people inside the minivan were taken to local hospitals for treatment, officials said, though the extent of the injuries was not clear.
Four people inside the SUV were treated for moderate injuries and arrested, police said.
Pasadena police will investigate the circumstances of the accident and consult with the California Highway Patrol, Sanchez said. No further details were available.
– Frank Girardot and Brian Day