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Two Innocent Victims Killed in High Speed Police Chase

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

A father and his teenage daughter are dead after a police pursuit in Caifornia ended in a collision. A vehicle carrying suspected car thieves collided with the innocent bystanders at speeds of over 90 mph, according to NBC News 10. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Details of the Car Chase

Police reports say that officers were in persuit of three suspects alleged to have attempted to burglarize several vehicles in an Auburn, CA subdivision. The suspects, driving a BMW, attempted to run over officers.

Police pursued the BMW to Loomis where the vehicle crashed and the suspects fled on foot. The suspects then entered a residence and proceeded to steal a pickup truck. Authorities located the truck and initiated a second pursuit.

The car chase ended in Antelope when the stolen truck t-boned into a Kia Sephia driven by Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar, 35. Also in the vehicle was Barriga-Tovar’s 14-year-old daughter Anahi Tovar. Both victims died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

Police Pursue Suspects on Foot

Police apprehended Yuriy Merkushev, 21, at the accident. The other two suspects, twin brothers Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy, 19, fled the scene on foot and were pursued by officers through backyards and over fences. Roman was captured by police during the pursuit. Ruslan was found shortly after by police K9 units.

Merkushev has been charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

Roman Glukhoy has been charged with 2 counts of homicide and other charges.

Ruslan Glukhoy was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries. He will be booked with the same charges facing his brother.

Police Pursuit Accident Statistics

According to Pursuit Safety, “police chases and response calls kill more than one person a day.” The group also estimates that one-third of those fatalities are innocent bystanders. Furthermore, some estimates say that 91.4% of all police chases are for non-violent crimes, the majority of which are for traffic violations. 


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