Mother killed in crash caused by driver fleeing police in Rodeo

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A 31-year-old mother of twin 6-year-old boys was killed in a vehicular accident in Rodeo Thursday night that was caused by a driver fleeing police, according to the Hercules Police Department.

At 7:27 p.m., the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office informed Hercules police about a stolen 2021 Mazda SUV possibly heading toward Hercules on I-80. A Hercules police officer then saw the Mazda exit I-80 eastbound onto northbound Willow Avenue, police said.

“As the Officer caught up to the Mazda, the driver immediately began to accelerate,” states the police report. “The Officer initiated a short pursuit of the SUV, before it collided into a 2017 Nissan passenger vehicle in the area of Parker Ave and 4th Street in the City of Rodeo.”

The driver of the Mazda fled the vehicle northbound on foot onto Parker Avenue, police said. A perimeter was established, and the suspect was found at a nearby liquor store and arrested.

The driver of the Nissan passenger vehicle, identified as the 31-year-old mother, died at the scene. Her twin children, also inside the vehicle at the time of the crash, were taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, police said.

“This incident is still an active investigation, and any additional information will be released as the investigation continues,” police said.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Hercules Police Department at (510)724-1111.