PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Two alleged gang members who led police on a pursuit in Pasadena that ended in a fatal crash have been charged with murder, the L.A. County District Attorney’s office announced.
Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michelle Washington, 21, have each been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.
Williams was allegedly driving the Dodge Durango with Washington in the front passenger seat and two other people inside when it failed to stop for police.
But family members say¬† Williams claims that if police had not pursued him in an unmarked vehicle, he would have pulled over immediately.
According to Pasadena police, the SUV ran a stop sign.
It also matched the description of a vehicle possibly connected to a fatal shooting in Pasadena earlier in the day.
A brief, high-speed chase ensued, ending when the SUV slammed into a minivan near the 210 Freeway ramp and Marengo Avenue.
Two passengers in the minivan — Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City — were killed upon impact.
Three others who were inside the van were seriously injured.
Prosecutors declined to charge two passengers riding in the fleeing SUV.
If convicted, Williams and Washington each face up to life in state prison.
Police are continuing to investigate a possible link between the suspects and the shooting death of 49-year-old Victor McClinton on Christmas morning.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department employee and volunteer youth sports coach was shot and killed outside his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue.
It’s not believed that McClinton was the intended target.
Another man, 24-year-old Damian Taylor was wounded in the shooting.
Police say he is a known Pasadena gang associate.