Driver Being Followed by Police Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Inglewood

A DUI suspect who was being followed by Inglewood police died in a crash shortly after the officers lost sight of the vehicle early Saturday.

The Police Department said at around 2:10 a.m., officers started following a gray Dodge Charger erratically speeding northbound on Dalerose Avenue near 111th Street.

They tried to catch up to the Charger but lost sight of it near Century Boulevard, police said.

Dispatch then received a call at 2:20 a.m. about an overturned vehicle nearby at 1230 S. Rosewood Ave., according to police. Officers responded and discovered the gray Dodge Charger that was being followed earlier, Inglewood police said.

The motorist, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by the L.A. County Fire Department.

He was identified as 28-year-old Hector Eduardo Santa Rosa of Hawthorne, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Nani Cholakians said.

Footage from the site shows one car that had landed on its side. What appears to be a PT Cruiser is also seen on the sidewalk mangled on the driver's side. Police did not release information about any other possible injuries or damages in the incident.

Lt. Louie Johnson of Inglewood police said contrary to earlier reports, the driver was not decapitated.

Officials provided no further information.

 

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