Driver Fleeing Fresno Police Dies After Airborne Car Flies 500 Feet Over San Joaquin River: Officials

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A driver trying to flee police died after going airborne over the San Joaquin River on Jan. 20, 2020. (Credit: KSEE/KGPE)

A driver trying to flee police died after going airborne over the San Joaquin River on Jan. 20, 2020. (Credit: KSEE/KGPE)

A driver died after his vehicle got airborne and flew about 500 feet over the San Joaquin River following a police pursuit in Fresno County on Monday morning, according to the Fresno Police Department.

The chase started when officers tried to pull over a reckless driver around 8:30 a.m. near Herndon and Parkway Avenues in northwest Fresno, KTLA sister station KSEE/KGPE in Fresno reported.

The pursuit was called off after speeds increased to above 100 mph, according to television station KFSN, also in Fresno.

The driver was speeding when the car jumped the river near Dickenson and Herndon Avenues, clearing the water and landing on the Madera County side, according to investigators.

Police say that the driver was killed in the crash. KFSN reported that the driver was male, but they did not identify him.

The California Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.

No additional details were immediately provided.

 

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