Wreckage of one of the vehicles
The wreckage of one of the three vehicles in Spring Valley. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A teenager driving a stolen car being chased by deputies crashed into two other vehicles in Spring Valley, killing a 21-year-old woman and injuring two men and a toddler.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said deputies spotted the stolen car around 10 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Grand Avenue, turned on emergency lights and began chasing the thief.

After a brief high-speed pursuit, the thief ran a red light at the intersection of Jamacha and Sweetwater roads, colliding with the two other vehicles.

The driver of the stolen car ran away from the crash but was arrested by deputies after a short foot chase. A passenger in the stolen car surrendered to deputies.

The first vehicle struck was occupied by a 21-year-old woman. Deputies rendered first aid, but she later died at a hospital.

The second vehicle was occupied by two men and a 15-month-old child.  All three were taken to local hospitals and are expected to survive.

Officials said the driver of the stolen car is a 17-year-old juvenile who was arrested under suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, possession of a stolen vehicle and other charges.

The passenger in the stolen car is a 16-year-old juvenile who was arrested on charges related to a handgun found in the vehicle. Both juveniles were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries before being booked into Juvenile Hall.

Sheriff’s deputies are conducting the criminal investigation while the California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic collision.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.