STOCKTON (CBS13) – An innocent person is dead has died after an early morning crash in Stockton that saw a 17-year-old suspect lead a chase in a stolen car.
Authorities say the incident started as a chase on northbound Interstate 5. A California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over a pickup truck, but the vehicle kept on going.
The chase eventually ended in a crash involving three other cars after the suspect drive ran through a red light at the March Lane and Quail Lakes Road intersection. One of the other drivers was killed, while the two other drivers suffered major and minor injuries.
The owner of the pickup had reported it stolen earlier in the morning after waking up to go to work and finding it gone.
“When I got up to go to work … I walked outside and it was gone,” said Federico Pizano. “I looked at my cameras and I [saw] the guys pulling off. I called it in and they told me it was already in pursuit.”
The man killed was identified as Chrisitan Harrison of Stockton. He had just left for his 4 a.m. shift when he was hit, waiting for the light to turn at March Lane and Da Vinci Drive.
The suspect, a 17-year-old Oakland resident, who was driving the pickup has been taken into custody. Police say the suspect was taken to the San Joaquin County Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police discovered that the Silverado was stolen out of Stockton, but had not yet been reported as stolen at the time of the incident.
March Lane at Quail Lakes Road is closed for the time being. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area if at all possible.