Around 4:25 p.m. on Saturday, an officer noticed a vehicle driving "erratically" in a 25 mph zone in Woodland – a city about 20 miles northwest of Sacramento.
The officer determined that the vehicle had been stolen and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver, who was a 13-year-old boy, evaded the officer, and a police chase ensued. Shortly after the police pursuit was initiated, the boy lost control of the stolen vehicle crashed into two other cars at an intersection.
The Woodland Police Department said in a statement, "The car collided with two other vehicles causing two cars to catch fire."
Woodland Police Department Sgt. Victoria Danzl told KCRA-TV that a woman died in the tragic car crash and 10 injured people were transported to the hospital. Three of the victims were children, including a 3-year-old who had to be rushed to the hospital by a medical helicopter. As of Saturday evening, the police were still assessing the extent of their injuries.
The 13-year-old suspect was the only person inside the wrecked car.
The California Highway Patrol has taken over the investigation into the deadly car crash.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the boy was arrested on felony charges of vehicular manslaughter with negligence and evading an officer causing injury. The minor received medical treatment and was then booked at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall.
The name of the suspect or the identity of the deceased woman was not released by authorities.
Last month, five children from Connecticut were killed in a car accident that involved a 16-year-old driving an SUV in Scarsdale, New York. The minor drove a Nissan Rogue off the road and crashed into a tree just after midnight. The vehicle burst into flames, killing all the underage passengers except a 9-year-old.
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