Our fire, police, and other emergency services are there to protect and provide help in a timely manner. Emergency vehicles often travel at high rates of speed, their sirens helping them to cut through traffic. Unfortunately, every year innocent motorists, bicycles, pedestrians, and other innocent bystanders lose their lives or are seriously injured just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
KABC in Los Angeles reports that’s what happened when a police pursuit of a suspected DUI suspect in Rialto on Saturday left two innocent people dead.
In a statement, the Colton Police Department said that the pursuit of a suspected DUI driver began near Peper Avenue and the 10 Freeway. The suspect driver and a passenger headed to Fontana and into Rialto. Police officers from all three cities were involved in the pursuit.
24-year-old Alejandro Canchola of San Bernardino, the suspected driver, repeatedly tried to evade his police pursuers. The high-speed chase ended at approximately 1:00 a.m. at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Rancho Avenue when Canchola crashed his vehicle into a silver 2019 Nissan Sentra.
The crash caused Canchola’s vehicle to jump a curb and slam into a nearby home. No one inside the home was hurt in the crash.
Despite all life-saving efforts made by paramedics, a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman died at the scene of the crash.
Canchola’s 21-year-old male passenger was taken to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Canchola was also taken to the hospital for injuries suffered in the crash. Authorities say that he will be facing murder charges and will be placed under arrest once he is discharged from the hospital.
This is a developing story.