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It happened during a police chase in Oakland on West and 18th Streets. The woman killed and child injured were in the car hit by the man speeding from police. The suspect is under arrest.
The crash happened at around 6:20 p.m. Police say they tried to stop the suspect as he drove along West Street because he was speeding, but he didn't stop. That's when investigators say he ran through a stop sign and slammed into a woman, as she drove westbound on 18th Street.
"Looking at especially at the victim vehicle, this is a horrific accident. There is a lot of damage to the victim's vehicle, which indicates a high rate of speed for this collision," said Oakland Police Officer Jeff Thomason.
The impact was so strong, it pushed the victim's black Hundai Accent for about a block. The suspect's Acura Integra was left on the side walk.
The woman suffered major injuries and died at the hospital. She also had a 20-month-old in the back seat. That child was critically injured and underwent surgery around 11 p.m.
While it's not clear if something other than speeding caused police to chase the suspect, traffic, homicide, and internal affairs investigators were at the scene trying to find out.
"Let's not forget the person that was driving this vehicle. He could have stopped, pulled over, and none of this would've happened. He is the one that collided to that victim's vehicle causing this accident," said Thomason.
Oakland does have a police pursuit policy, which outlines when a high speed chase is necessary. The department is looking into whether that protocol was followed in this case.
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