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Three People Dead in Fiery San Francisco Crash

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

Three people were killed on Saturday night in a car accident while they were evading police in San Francisco.

Details about the Fatal Accident in San Francisco

Three people were inside a vehicle that led California Highway Patrol and other officers on a short pursuit Saturday night when they were killed after their vehicle hit a taxi and caught fire, according to ABC 7 News.

The family has identified one of those that was killed as 23-year-old Roland Zanie. The three friends had just been at the NFL Experience when they ran from police and crashed.

An officer from the California Highway Patrol said he first saw the white Chevy sedan doing donuts near 5th and Bryant Street. The officer tried to follow them but the car sped off, going through red lights.

Fearing that the road and traffic conditions were too dangerous to continue the pursuit, the officer stopped. The Chevy sedan, however, did not stop and slammed into a taxi and burst into flames.

As of today, the medical examiner has not yet been able to identify all of those that were killed in the car. The driver of the taxi cab was taken to the hospital was is expected to be okay.

Important Information about Police Pursuit Accidents

According to an article in USA Today:

  • Since 1979, more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases and tens of thousands more were injured as officers repeatedly pursued drivers at high speeds and in hazardous conditions.
  • Federal records show that at least 139 police officers have been killed in chases.
  • Safety researchers in Minnesota found in 2008 that 35 percent to 40 percent of all chases resulted in some type of crash.


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