A high-speed pursuit ended with a pedestrian being struck and killed in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning.
Officers were trying to stop a stolen Toyota Avalon around 12:30 a.m. in the Florence neighborhood when the driver fled at high rate of speed, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
Police briefly pursued the Avalon but backed off because the driver was going too fast and driving erratically.
A short time later, the car struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street near the intersection of East Florence and South Central avenues.
The pedestrian, initially said to be a man in his 50s but later determined to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The victim had apparently been dragged more than 500 feet and had his legs severed in the crash.
He was identified as 29-year-old Marquin Nwude, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office records showed.
A witness who identified himself as “Luigi” said the Avalon sped past him at 60 or 70 mph when he heard the crash.
“I figured she lost control and just hit parked cars … I really didn’t think she actually hit someone,” Luigi said.
Police believe the car may have been going even faster than 70 mph but they are still investigating.
Video from the scene showed the wrecked Avalon had come to a stop near East 71st Street after striking several other vehicles.
The stolen vehicle driver, described only as a woman in her 40s, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities will test her for any possible drug or alcohol consumption.
She is expected face charges in connection with the stolen vehicle and the pedestrian’s death.
No other injuries were reported.