A police chase in El Cajon, Calif. ended with one death but two bodies on May 13. A 54-year-old man began fleeing police at 9:47 p.m. after officers arrived to deal with a reported instance of domestic disturbance, according to UT San Diego. The chase ended around 10:10 p.m. when the driver ran a red light and crashed into a tree. Authorities discovered the body of a 41-year-old woman in the driver’s red Mazda truck when they tried to help the driver. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the woman died prior to the crash.
El Cajon Police were responding to a call regarding a dispute at the man’s East San Diego County apartment but the suspect was already driving away when they got there, according to NBC San Diego. Police followed and attempted to pull the truck over around 9:55 p.m. The driver would not comply.
A deputy with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spotted the vehicle in Santee and joined the pursuit. The deputy attempted to pull the suspect over as well after he ran another red light. The man then allegedly lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. The accident occurred in the median on Broadway near Graves Avenue. A witness reportedly told NBC 7 that the truck was “destroyed” in the collision.
Investigators remained on scene until early morning May 14. Traffic was stopped in both direction on Broadway between Ballantyne Street and Cherrywood Way for several hours.
Officers found the woman’s body in the trunk and when the paramedics showed up they said they thought she had expired before the truck accident. Authorities are calling the woman’s death suspicious. The El Cajon Police Department’s Investigations Division is conducting an investigation into the woman’s death.
The names of the man and woman have not been released but according to neighbors the man was a father. One neighbor claimed that the man and woman often engaged in “noisy fighting” and that on the night of the accident the man had admitted to a different neighbor that he had a body in his vehicle.
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