Driver who caused fatal crash on I-580 previously rammed truck into Tobacco Outlet

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The driver who caused a fatal crash on I-580 Tuesday was fleeing police and was suspected of ramming a pickup truck into a Tobacco Outlet in El Cerrito earlier in the morning.

The incident unfolded about 4:22 a.m., when El Cerrito police responded to a call about a commercial burglary at Tobacco Outlet at 10180 San Pablo Ave.

The vehicle suspected of ramming into the business was subsequently located, but the driver did not stop after the officer attempted to pull him over, according to police.

“The ECPD Officer chased the suspects onto westbound I-80 and followed them toward the toll plaza,” police said. “After westbound I-80 merged with westbound I-580, the suspect abruptly changed direction on the freeway, driving eastbound in the westbound lanes on I-580. The ECPD Officer did not follow the suspects, ended the pursuit, and exited the freeway.”

The driver continued on in the wrong direction and collided with two vehicles, resulting in the death of a motorist.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the details of the collision, while El Cerrito police continue their investigation into the burglary of the Tobacco Outlet.