(CNS) Four suspects today face vehicular manslaughter charges in Pasadena in a crash that killed a woman and a boy in a van, while police work to determine whether they are connected to a shooting earlier in the day that killed one man and left another in critical condition a lieutenant said.
The suspects' SUV had been stopped for a traffic violation one minute before the crash, but sped away with police in pursuit, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema told City News Service.
The woman killed in the crash was 25 and the boy was 11, coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz told City News Service this morning. Three remaining victims were transported to hospitals for treatment.
The four suspects in the SUV were arrested for vehicular manslaughter and taken to a hospital to be treated for moderate injuries before transport to the Pasadena jail for questioning, Hettema said.
The SUV was heading away from the six-block-square area of Northwest Pasadena that had been cordoned off by police following the killing of one man and wounding of a second person on Tuesday morning.
The vehicle involved in Tuesday night's crash "may have matched one of the vehicles they were looking at in connection with the shootings,'' Hettema told CNS. "It's tragic,'' summed up Pasadena police chief Phillip Sanchez. "We have an innocent family that was going about its business on a special day,'' told the news media.
The crash occurred at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Marengo Avenue at Maple Street, which serves as the westbound access road along the Foothill (210) Freeway. The SUV appeared to have been heading south on Marengo, or away from the murder investigation area. Earlier in the evening, Pasadena police asked the news media to publicize the closure of several residential blocks after one person was killed and another wounded in a shooting in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue.
In a request issued at 6:30 p.m., Pasadena police asked news media to ask the public to stay away from the area bounded by Lincoln Avenue on the west, Woodbury Road on the north, Fair Oaks Avenue on the east and Washington Boulevard on the south.
One man and killed and a second man injured in the shootings. Police were dispatched about 11 a.m. to the nearby 1900 block of Newport Avenue on a "shots fired'' call, said Pasadena police Sgt. Ed Calatayud.
Paramedics rushed two shooting victims to an area hospital, where onewas pronounced dead and the other was listed in critical condition, Calatayud said. As night fell, police asked the public to stay away from the area bounded by Lincoln Avenue on the west, Woodbury Road on the north, Fair Oaks Avenue on the east and Washington Boulevard on the south.
Detectives were still at the scene of the shooting, interviewing neighbors in the cordoned-off area, when the crash occurred.