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CHP Looking For Witnesses In Fatal Crash Involving West Sacramento Police

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WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The California Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses to a fatal crash involving a West Sacramento police vehicle and a pedestrian that occurred during a high-speed chase on Tuesday night.

The call for witnesses comes a day after officials announced the 17-year-old suspect being pursued in the chase is no longer being charged with the murder of the pedestrian.

The accident happened at West Capitol and Pine Streets.

It was a grisly scene. A West Sacramento police officer, rushing to join in the pursuit, slammed into a pedestrian, killing him on impact.

The coroner’s office has yet to release the name of the victim, but we’ve learned he was a transient living in West Sacramento. The suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age.

Any witnesses to the crash are being asked to contact CHP Investigator Hamilton or CHP Investigator Coady at CHP Valley Division, (916) 731-6400.

West Sacramento police say they were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle Tuesday night when the 17-year-old driver sped off. The teen crashed into a parked car a few miles away and ran.

A neighbor tackled him and a crowd held him down until police rolled up.

The teen suspect faces felony counts of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property, among others infractions.

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