Innocent people continue to fall victim to deadly police chases across Southern California
LOS ANGELES - Over the last several weeks, and some happening as recent as Wednesday, innocent bystanders in Southern California are getting hurt – even killed – in police chases ending in a crash.
FOX 11 spoke with a survivor of one of the crashes happening in SoCal. Back in February, Michael Rodriguez-Sambrano was on his way home from his girlfriend's house when an alleged armed robbery suspect ran a red light and smashed into the young man's car in Fullerton.
Rodriguez-Sambrano, an innocent bystander in that tense situation, was taken to the hospital with broken bones after the crash left his car in flames.
"It is very scary, you know, to see a 3,000-pound machine get thrown around like that with me in it," he told FOX 11.
Over in Los Angeles County, 43-year-old Yolanda Reyna is fighting for her life at the hospital after she was hit by the driver of a stolen pickup truck that the Los Angeles Police Department was chasing after it ran a red light in South Los Angeles back in February.
"She's fighting and she's just a very strong woman, and I don't imagine myself living without her," said Cesar Mercado Reyna, crash victim's son.
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In addition to the two crashes, other police chases have taken a deadly turn. In February 2023, a police chase in Lynwood ended when the suspect's car crashed into a car with a married couple heading home from a quinceañera, killing the couple and the passenger in the suspect's car. Before that, a group of friends heading home after getting tacos late at night were killed after a police chase suspect hit their car in Panorama City.
Those chases and their tragic outcomes have left some demanding for change in how law enforcement handle these high-speed situations. FOX 11 spoke with various agencies earlier in the week on why they aren't adopting alternatives for police chases. You can click here for these departments' responses.
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