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Police chase ends in crash that kills woman, 11-year-old boy

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A police chase turned deadly on Christmas night in Pasadena, Calif., when an SUV being pursued collided with a minivan, killing a woman and an 11-year-old boy.

Police were attempting to stop the sport utility vehicle after it drove through a stop sign at a location that had been cordoned off by police investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday. Police had been looking out for a suspicious SUV leaving the murder scene. 

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After a short pursuit, the SUV crashed into the minivan, which was carrying four people, at about 8:45 p.m. The woman and boy died at the scene; the two other passengers were hospitalized.


The four people in the SUV were arrested and taken into police custody. It is unclear who was driving the vehicle.

"We're trying to make sure that if they're connected, we can put the dots together and arrest the right people," said Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls.

Police identified those arrested as Demarius Hanna, 22, Brittany Washington, 21, Jada Mays, 18, and Darryl Williams, 22. Police told NBC4 that the suspects have not cooperated with the investigation.

Jail records show that Brittany Washington is being held on $1 million bail.