Stolen vehicle pursuit ends in violent crash in Baldwin Hills area; 2 hospitalized

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A stolen vehicle pursuit in South Los Angeles ended in a violent crash in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood Monday night.

The chase started about 10:30 p.m. but only lasted a few minutes before the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Marlton Avenue.

Video from the scene showed the pursuit vehicle had careened into a palm tree after apparently striking another vehicle in the intersection.

One of the pursuit vehicle occupants, described only as a woman in her 20s, was not conscious or breathing when she was transported to a local hospital, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said.

Her condition was not immediately known.

A second person inside the vehicle was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, according to Madison.

Elder Zacarias said he was driving through that intersection when the pursuit driver ran a red light and struck his vehicle. “She was zooming. She was really, really zooming,” Zacarias said.

Zacarias’ vehicle sustained major damage to the front end but he and his passenger appeared to be OK.

The intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Marlton Avenue was closed for several hours during the investigation.

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