Woman, Boy Killed in Pasadena Pursuit Crash

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PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman and an 11-year-old boy were killed in a crash with a vehicle being chased by police in Pasadena on Christmas.

The pursuit began around 8 p.m. after officers tried to stop an SUV for running a stop sign at Claremont Street and Marengo Avenue.

The SUV sped off, and police gave chase. The suspect vehicle ran a red light at Marengo and Maple Street, plowing into a minivan carrying five people.

A 26-year-old woman and a boy were killed. Authorities said they may have been cousins. The three other people were taken to the hospital.

Police said four of the five people in the minivan were from San Francisco and were visiting relatives in Southern California for Christmas.

Four people who were in the SUV were treated at the hosptial for moderate injuries.

According to police, they would not say who the driver was, so all four were arrested and booked for murder.

The suspects have been identified as Jayda Mays, 18, Brittany Washington, 21, Darrell Williams, 22, and Demauria Hannah, 22.

Their SUV matched the description of a vehicle related to an earlier fatal shooting in Pasadena, but police were not sure if the two incidents were connected.

That shooting happened around 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street. It left a red sedan riddle with bullet holes.

The victim, 49-year-old Victor McClinton, was a sheriff’s law enforcement technician who had been with the department for 18 years.

Police do not believe that McClinton was the intended target. Another man in his 20s was wounded and listed in critical condition.

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  • cblaset

    My heart and prayers go out to the family that suffered such a horrible tragedy; however in my opinion, the blame is 100% on those that ran and refused to be pulled over. I am so tired of the police being blamed for everything. They are there to ensure our safety, Maybe if they didn't have to worry about being so P.C., they would be more effective and crime would be less. The media needs to back off the blame game on our soilders and police.

  • Naomi

    Why does Eric keep asking why the police went in pursuit? Why doesn't he ask the suspects why they didn't pull over? Why is this on the police and not those who do not pull over?

  • comment

    Why does this foolish reporter eric have to shift any of the blame towards anyone else other than the idiots who chose to not stop.

  • Anonymous

    This is heartbreaking and sickening! I know the family and the son was in my daughter’s class. In tears right now. I can’t say what I hope happens to the idiots that killed the son and relative! God pray for the family.

    • anonymous

      I know how your feeling right now. My younger sister knew him. they were tennis partners for 3 years she, my mother and I were in complete tears as well. And his injured sister is my best friend. Its hard to actually believe something like this can happen to such a wonderful family. I hope those idiots who hit their van get hell while they're in jail. My prayers go out to their whole family.

  • anonymous

    This is a horrible tradgedy! When are police officers going to be held accountable for the deaths of innocent people? This happens too often! I pray for the families that have lost loved ones this way.

    • Don Wood

      You turd! I guess you want to tell everyone to go ahead and run – we won't chase you. You're stupid for even suggesting such a thing. It is an unfortunate possibility with law enforcement that we have to endure.



  • Corporate Entity

    Yeah this WILL NEVER END, because these sociopaths with badges don't have the common sense to record the plates and deal with it later or radio ahead to another unit. You people don't realize they need the adrenaline rush to make it through shifts! Otherwise if they included reasoning, this would have been avoided.

    • Bobby P

      Two questions: How does the plate tell you who is in the vehicle? How are the officers supposed to know where the suspect will drive so they can "radio ahead"?

  • JipJoe

    Well, at least Pasadena PD got their man. That is all that counts anyhow, right? Who cares about the 11 year old and other innocent person. I mean, why should the police care about them? They caused it. Nothing will happen to the officers, they wil just go on and enjoy the time with their family. Never mind they murdered an 11 year old child. Wonder if a cops son was killed if things would be different?

  • ms_reason

    If people want a solution from things like this from happening, then start protesting against the laws that protect criminals. More and more criminals are being let out of jails and prisons. AB 109 is allowing criminals to be let loose. Consequences are little now. And it's all because of $$ money.
    So in order to save money, we compromise public safety.

    And the police aren't to blame. They try to catch the criminals and put them in jail where they belong. They are the ones who keep us safe.
    This was an unfortunate accident all because of the criminals.

  • Randy

    A horrible tragedy any day of the year, especially on Christmas. I feel is was in poor taste by KTLA or any other media to use photos or video of the coroner loading the body into the van. This was an innocent family caught in a police pursuit Christmas night minding their own business, Showing the body is disgraceful.

  • Mike D.

    Hack! Cops pursued for traffic violation, period. No mention of loaded gun until second statement, why wasn't that information included in press release? How fast were the cops driving? Even if SUV was full of gang members and loaded gun, how could police have known that when they pursued? Why isn't anyone pushing back against these ridiculous excuses for endangering the lives of motorist over (ironically) a traffic stop? WTF?

  • cant believe it

    It unbelievable the mentality of some of you people who always blame cops for the idiotic actions of others.
    Not a cop lover but it seems pretty g-damn obvious that if somebody don’t stop when pulled over …then they’re probably up to no f’n good. And if they’re stupid enough to run, put other peoples lives in danger for a minor violation then they deserve to be treated like an idiot thug also.
    Oh and Yeah, it sure sounds reasonable to just let idiot thugs run around do what they want then you can agree to let them out of jail early, and then maybe next time they drive into someone, if its you, it will knock some sense into you?????