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Sheriff to hold inquest into death of Elsy Zapien-Vasquez in fiery crash on Highway 4 in Antioch while fleeing CHP

Raw video: Scene of Highway 4 crash, fire in Antioch
Raw video: Scene of Highway 4 crash, fire in Antioch 02:19

Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston will hold an inquest Friday into the death of a Pittsburg woman who was killed in Antioch when she crashed on an on-ramp to state Highway 4 while fleeing from CHP officers in February.

The Sheriff's Office holds an inquest anytime law enforcement is involved in a fatal incident in Contra Costa County.

Elsy Zapien-Vasquez, 31, was being pursued by the CHP on Feb. 8 when she crashed her gray Saturn SUV into a tanker truck on the Contra Loma Boulevard on-ramp after exiting the freeway, running a light, and trying to re-enter the freeway.

Scene of a crash and vehicle fire on an onramp to state Highway 4 in Antioch, February 7, 2023. CBS

A CHP unit tried pulling Zapien-Vasquez over about 13 miles to the west, near Bailey Road on Highway 4.

The inquest will convene at 9 a.m. Friday at the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, Department 3, Room 312, 725 Court St., Martinez.

A jury at the inquest will hear the facts of the case deliberate before finding the manner of death. The inquest is open to the public. 

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