SAN FRANCISCO—A police chase that started in San Francisco ended in a deadly crash in Sunnyvale, on November 22, according to police.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Zain Dadabhai, 19, was taken into custody and treated for minor injuries, according to officers from the California Highway Patrol. The passenger, Amari Brown Glaspie, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The San Francisco Police Department began pursuit of two alleged armed robbery suspects on the southbound freeway 101 at around 12:45 a.m.
California Highway Patrol took over the chase, following the suspects to south state freeways 85 and 237, according to CHP Redwood City Officer Art Montiel.
“We had to stop this vehicle before it could commit other crimes or they hurt somebody else,” Montiel stated during an interview.
The CHP reports the vehicle was going at least 100 mph on the freeways and about 70 mph in residential and city streets.
The driver lost control near El Camino Real Camp and Fremont Avenue, colliding with five parked vehicles before overturning several times.
Owner of one of the damaged parked cars, Stephen Nixon, 30, was at a nearby bar when he heard the fatal collision.
“We heard a very loud bang and several more bangs, then ran out to see what happened,” Nixon told The Mercury News. “We saw that the person who died was ejected almost immediately. We went out to take video and pictures of all our vehicles. Then cops started showing up, and told us to get back in the bar.”
Dadabhai has been charged with Fleeing from Police, Driving Under the Influence,and Vehicular Manslaughter while intoxicated, according to authorities.
Authorities are asking anybody with additional information to contact the San Francisco Police Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.