2-year-old killed by car in Calif. police pursuit
Police at the scene of an accident in Lancaster, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, after a black Toyota evading police ran a red light and smashed into a blue Lexus. A 2-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured. The driver of the Toyota was arrested. / KCBS
LANCASTER, Calif. A 2-year-old girl was killed and her mother badly hurt after their vehicle was hit by a suspect in a police chase Thursday.
The pursuit began when deputies spotted the 45-year-old suspect running a red light at Sierra Highway and Avenue J, Sgt. Paul Pfrehm of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told CBS Station KCBS.
The suspect, driving a black Toyota, allegedly refused to make a traffic stop and sped off.
Authorities followed the suspect north on Sierra Highway as he reportedly continued to run through red lights. He then continued west on Avenue I.
Shortly after 5 p.m., the Toyota's driver drove through a red light at the intersection of Avenue I and 10th Street West, striking a blue Lexus.
The woman driving the Lexus and her young daughter were transported to a hospital in critical condition, Pfrehm reported.
He said the 2-year-old girl later died from her injuries.
The suspect, only identified as a Palmdale resident, was listed in serious condition. He was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter.
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