Pursuit ends in deadly crash in San Pablo


A 29-year-old El Sobrante man who led a pursuit on city streets at speeds exceeding 100 mph was killed after crashing in San Pablo this morning, according to the Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff and CHP.

The incident began just after midnight, when a Contra Costa sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on a gold-colored Lexus in the area of San Pablo Dam Road and Mifflin Avenue in El Sobrante. The driver of the Lexus had run a red light at 50 mph at the intersection of San Pablo Dam Road and El Portal Drive, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver failed to yield, leading police on a pursuit and driving over 100 miles per hour on city streets. The pursuit was terminated because of the dangerous speeds, with the deputy shutting off his patrol car’s emergency lights and siren, the sheriff’s office said.

About 12 seconds after losing sight of the Lexus, the deputy came across the vehicle overturned in the area of San Pablo Avenue and Road 20 in San Pablo.

“The vehicle apparently rolled over several times before landing on its roof,” the sheriff’s office said.

The driver, later identified as Narayan Sanwal of El Sobrante, was unresponsive, and despite attempts to render first aid he was pronounced deceased at the scene. It’s not immediately known why he declined to yield.

The incident is being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and San Pablo Police Department, per protocol.

Anyone who has any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.


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