Northern California woman dies in crash during police chase

Northern California woman dies in crash during police chase

DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) – A 19-year-old Northern California woman died in a crash after fleeing from Danville police in a stolen vehicle.

The Contra Costa Times reports that Hannah Meecham was killed and two passengers, a 19-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, were injured after the crash early Sunday morning.

Danville police Chief Steve Simpkins says the crash occurred after a five-mile chase. Police were pursuing the car because of suspected reckless driving. After the crash, they learned the car had been reported stolen out of Dublin.

Police pronounced Meecham dead at the scene. The two injured passengers are listed in critical condition.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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