Driver of stolen vehicle flees San Pablo police, dies in subsequent crash

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The driver of a stolen vehicle who crashed after fleeing San Pablo police Tuesday morning was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver, who hasn’t yet been identified pending notification of family, was described as a 25-year-old Richmond man.

At 8 a.m., officers tried conducting a traffic stop on the reported stolen vehicle as it was driving in the 14500 block of San Pablo Avenue, near El Portal Drive, police said. The driver failed to yield and led police on a pursuit northbound on San Pablo Avenue, but officers subsequently canceled the pursuit due to the stolen vehicle driver’s unsafe, reckless driving, police said.

“Within a short time, officers discovered the stolen vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle traveling southbound on San Pablo Avenue just north of the Richmond Parkway,” police said.

Officers located the driver at the scene and began administering life-saving measures, but he succumbed to his injuries, police said. The occupant of the second involved vehicle, a 34-year old Hayward resident, sustained non-life threatening
injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The roadway for north and south-bound traffic of San Pablo Avenue was closed in this area for the investigation.

Per County protocol, the District Attorney’s Office will jointly investigate the incident with the San Pablo Police Department and California Highway Patrol.
Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to contact the San Pablo Police Department at (510) 215-3150. All callers can remain anonymous.