A fleeing carjacking suspect crashed an SUV into another car in West Covina, killing a man and woman and injuring a child early Saturday, authorities said.
Edward Louie Contreras, 55, and Gracie Contreras, 53, both of Covina, died after they were thrown from their vehicle in the violent crash, which took place 2 a.m. at Cameron and Glendora avenues, according to West Covina Police Department and Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials.
A child who was riding in the Contreras’ car was injured in the crash, police said. The young victim was hospitalized for treatment. An update on the child’s condition was not available, nor was the child’s age.
The series of events leading up to the deadly crash began about 9 p.m. with a report of a carjacking near a teen center and skate park in the 15000 block of Badillo Street, Baldwin Park Police Department Sgt. Shawn Blackburn said. The suspect brandished a knife and demanded the victim’s vehicle before speeding off.
The stolen 2010 Jeep Patriot was seen driving into West Covina, and Baldwin Park police notified their counterparts to the west, West Covina Police Department spokesman Rudy Lopez said.
West Covina officers spotted the Jeep about 2 a.m. in the area of Durness and Sandy Hook streets, Lopez said. They tried to pull it over, but the driver fled, and ended up heading north on Glendora Avenue.
“As it began crossing Cameron Avenue, it collided into a vehicle in the intersection traveling eastbound, occupied by two adults and one child. The two adults in the victim vehicle were ejected,” Lopez said.
Paramedics pronounced Edward Contreras dead at the scene, coroner’s officials said. Gracie Contreras was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.
The relationship between the three victims was not clear Saturday afternoon.
The driver was also injured in the crash and was taken to a hospital prior to being booked into jail. His identity was not available Saturday as he remained hospitalized.
The California Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is spearheading the investigation into the crash.