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2 innocent motorists killed when vehicle pursued by police hits their car in Panorama City

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Two innocent people are dead after a violent crash following a police pursuit in Panorama City on Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, officials said.

UPDATE: LAPD says two innocent people are dead after a stolen car struck another vehicle and killed both the driver and passenger. The driver of the stolen car is in custody officers tased & tackled him. https://t.co/3Z0tFEQhaG

— Emily Holshouser (@emilyytayylor) February 1, 2023

Around 8 p.m., officers from the Foothill Division of the Los Angeles Police Department started pursuing a stolen vehicle occupied by two people, according to Valley Bureau Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton.

The stolen vehicle — aerial photos showed it was a pickup — was traveling westbound off of Woodman Avenue approaching Cantara Street off of Lanark Street as an LAPD helicopter was trying to get overhead when the vehicle struck a car going northbound on Woodman.

𝘽𝙍𝙀𝘼𝙆𝙄𝙉𝙂: A horrific end to a high speed chase in Panorama City. An innocent man behind the wheel of the silver sedan was killed. LAPD has two suspects in custody at Woodman and Lanark. Just senseless 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/ocMQoh9vA2

— Chris Cristi (@abc7chriscristi) February 1, 2023

An innocent driver and their passenger, whose identities were not immediately released, died at the scene. The suspect driving the stolen vehicle was taken into custody after they briefly attempted to flee from the crash. Officers tased and tackled the suspect in the process of apprehending them. The driver and another suspect were being treated for minor injuries.

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