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One killed, eight injured at end of police chase

November 12, 2011 |  7:03 am

1 Killed, 8 Injured in San Bernardino Pursuit Wreck

A parolee was killed and eight others injured after an 80-mph pursuit with California Highway Patrol officers through streets of the west side of San Bernardino that ended when his car collided with three others Friday night.

The name of the 42-year-old parolee of San Bernardino was withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to a CHP report.

The two passengers in his car, Brenton Sterling, 22, and Ray Nelson, 25, who is also a parolee -– both are from Highland -- were sent to area hospitals with major injuries, the CHP said. Sterling has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Drivers and occupants of the other vehicles -– six people in all -- suffered minor injuries in the accident at 5th  Street and Mount Vernon Avenue.

The incident began about 9:45 p.m., when CHP officers attempted to stop a white Honda Civic driven by the parolee, which had committed a traffic violation on a street in the city of San Bernardino.

The Civic sped off and a chase ensued south down Mount Vernon. The Civic hit speeds of 80 mph, while the driver turned off the car’s headlights, the CHP said.

Finally, the driver lost control of the car and careened into northbound lanes, striking a Toyota Tacoma, a Ford Econoline van and a Honda Accord, the CHP said.


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Photo: Rescue workers survey the site of a crash in San Bernardino. Credit: KTLA News