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SJ Man Crushed, Killed in CHP Chase

Accident happened Thursday evening; car burst into flames.

A San Jose man was fatally crushed between two vehicles when a driver fleeing from the California Highway Patrol struck a parked car, San Jose police said today.

San Jose police say the fatal chase began when a CHP officer attempted to stop a burgundy 1999 Volkswagen Passat near North 33rd Street and McKee Road shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Passat fled south on North 33rd Street and struck a Honda CR-V parked on the south curb between Alum Rock and Shortridge avenues, Officer Jose Garcia said.

The Honda was pushed forward, causing it to strike a parked Volkswagen Golf in front of it and pinning a 59-year-old San Jose man who was standing between the cars.

A 31-year-old San Jose woman standing on the sidewalk with her 11-year-old son was also struck by the cars, receiving moderate injuries. The boy was not hurt.

The Passat struck two more parked cars and a northbound 2008 Chrysler 300 before bursting into flames and coming to a stop.

The Passat's driver, who police identified as Dario Dwayne Taylor, 23, of Pittsburg was pulled from the burning car by the CHP officer who had attempted to stop the car moments earlier. He was checked for injuries at Regional Medical Center in San Jose before being arrested by the CHP and booked into Santa Clara County jail, Garcia said.

The man who was pinned between the parked cars was taken to Regional Medical Center, where he died at 7:30 a.m. today.

Taylor is being held without bail and his first court date is scheduled for Tuesday, according to county jail officials.

CHP officials did not return a call seeking further information on the circumstances surrounding the initial traffic stop.

-Bay City News

Andy Smith May 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I hate these da*n pursuits--they are so incredibly dangerous. The article, unfortunately, does not say why the CHP tried to pull over the suspect vehicle. I wish that information were included in this piece.
Derick Darcelle August 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I thought they weren't suppose to chase after vehicles that flee from officers because of this reason? So stupid. I think there should be a law against officers chasing after cars in residential neighborhoods. Innocent people are killed and for what? So that officers can arrest somebody for a suspended license?
Andy Smith August 06, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Derick: There is a county-wide pursuit policy which is fairly strict. That's why I made the comment that I wish we knew the original reason for the CHP to pursue the suspect. I hope it was within the county's pursuit policy. I am VERY against pursuits unless extremely specific circumstances arise---then it's okay. But because they are so dangerous, they should not occur. This is totally the opposite of how I used to feel about them. But over time, my mind has changed.

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