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$1-million bail set for man who led police on deadly chase

October 14, 2012 | 11:07 am

Bail has been set at $1 million for a 20-year-old Canoga Park resident who led police on a wild pursuit this weekend and struck and killed a pedestrian.

Ernesto Jacinto Lopez, who was allegedly driving a stolen 1991 Toyota Camry, led police on a chase shortly before midnight Friday and was driving “recklessly” and “with many pedestrians and vehicles on the roadways,” said Sgt. Matt Bielski of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.

Lopez ended up hitting 59-year-old Canoga Park resident Arnel Cantal, who was walking near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Saticoy Street, Bielski said Sunday. Cantal was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Authorities said that at one point after Lopez fled the scene of the crash, he jumped out of the car and tried to escape on foot. Police caught up to him and he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

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