Police chase ends in suspect running out of gas, being struck and killed on San Mateo Bridge

ByLena Howland KGO logo
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
All EB lanes of San Mateo Bridge reopen following deadly accident: CHP
All eastbound lanes of the San Mateo Bridge reopened following a deadly accident that killed one person, the California Highway Patrol said.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) -- All lanes of the San Mateo Bridge have reopened after a deadly crash which left a 32-year-old man from Fremont dead just before rush hour on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for CHP Redwood City says the man killed on the bridge was actually leading deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on a chase after a burglary call, more than 25 miles away, in Half Moon Bay.

The chase led officers to Pacifica, down Interstate 280, before losing the car near Black Mountain.

San Mateo police officers spotted the car on CA-92 before again, losing the car near Edgewater.

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The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, initially closing all three eastbound lanes.

Minutes later, CHP got a call of a person hit by a car while walking on the San Mateo Bridge, near the toll plaza just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

When authorities showed up, they found the description of the person hit, matched the description of the person leading them on a chase, in a stolen white Ford Mustang.

"The pursuit had already ended before the bridge so the suspect continued, that's when CHP lost the suspect and he continued going and was probably thinking he was still being pursued and ran out of gas and said well, I'm going to keep going and unfortunately there was traffic and he was struck," Art Montiel, a spokesman for CHP Redwood City said.

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CHP added that their protocol for ending a chase is whenever it becomes unsafe for the public and they said with the early morning rain showers, the risk outweighed the reward.

CHP also said that because this pedestrian was on the roadway, the driver that hit him was not at fault and will not be facing any charges.

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