Woman killed by California Highway Patrol officer
after high-speed car chase
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
March 23, 2006
A woman shot by a California Highway Patrol officer early this
morning after a high-speed chase from Concord to San Francisco
has died, according to staff at the San Francisco medical examiner's
The woman was shot when she starting ramming her car into a CHP
vehicle, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said today.
The woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where she
The chase began in Concord shortly after 2 a.m. when Concord
police began pursuing a white Ford 500, which Gittens described
as a "confirmed stolen vehicle.''
The chase continued onto Interstate Highway 680, where the CHP
took over the pursuit at 2:34 a.m., said CHP Officer Ben Chaney.
The pursuit proceeded onto state Highway 24 and across the Bay
Bridge, reaching speeds close to 100 mph, Gittens said.
The chase ended in the area of Santa Rosa and San Jose avenues
in San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighborhood. The driver entered
Santa Rosa Avenue, which is a dead-end street, and was effectively
trapped after CHP vehicles followed the car into the dead-end,
The driver then began ramming her car into a CHP vehicle, and
one officer shot at the driver.
A passenger might have been in the suspect's car at some point
during the pursuit, Gittens said. Police have detained one person,
who might have been that passenger, for questioning.
The cul-de-sac area of Santa Rosa Avenue remains closed while
authorities investigate the shooting, Gittens said.
The incident is under investigation by the homicide division
of the San Francisco Police Department. According to Gittens,
the CHP will also conduct an "administrative investigation''
into the incident.
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