An Oakland man died Wednesday morning when the car he was driving crashed during a police pursuit in that city, report news sources.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 1:20 a.m. CHP officers saw a white 1992 Honda driving erratically on International Boulevard near the intersection with 55th Avenue. Using sirens and lights, the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the passenger car did not yield.
The officers pursued the Honda, which entered northbound Interstate 880 at Hegenberger Road. After traveling about 2 miles, the vehicle exited the freeway using the 29th Avenue off-ramp and crashed, coming to rest under the 29th Avenue overcrossing at East Ninth Street.
The 19-year-old man driving the Honda was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He suffered major injuries and was transported to an Oakland hospital where he died of his injuries. No passengers were in the car, and authorities did not report any other injuries.
According to a CHP representative, officers smelled alcohol on the man and found at least one open alcohol container in the vehicle.
As an Oakland car accident attorney, I know how important it is for people coping with the sudden loss of a loved one to have a strong support network. I hope everyone affected by this incident is receiving the support they need.
Being a car accident lawyer, I feel moved to remind motorists never to drink and drive.