HEMET, California — Two women were killed after a driver attempted to evade police and struck a tree in Hemet on Tuesday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Crystal Gray, 33 a resident of Hemet and her passenger Shelby Kraft, 21 also a resident of Hemet who was seated in the rear of Gray’s sedan were both killed around 2:30 a.m. while traveling on Whittier Avenue east of State St. in Hemet.
A third woman, whose name has not been released was critically injured in the crash that caused the car to catch fire, the Press Enterprise reported.
Police officials are still investigating why the driver fled after an officer stopped the car because it matched a car that was used in four drive-by shootings, the report said.
The chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph but police tried to back off because the driver was passing through intersections too fast and the police wanted to be safe. They later found the car that had crashed into a tree on fire, the report said.
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