2 Die Fleeing Border Patrol Agents, Police

A teen-age driver and one of her passengers were killed at the end of a high-speed chase that began late Sunday at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in San Clemente and ended in a crash in Riverside, authorities said.

All four occupants of the car, including an illegal alien from Mexico in the trunk, were ejected from the vehicle when it swerved off the road at La Sierra and El Sobrante avenues and rolled into a field, said California Highway Patrol spokesman John Anderson.

2nd Identity Withheld

Killed in the 10:45 p.m. accident were Maria Bravo, 16, of Santa Ana, who was driving, and a 21-year-old Tulare man whose identity was withheld until relatives could be notified.


Frank Carrillo, 25, of East Los Angeles, and Ramon Mendoza, 46, of Mexico, were treated at Riverside General Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Border Patrol spokesman Ed Pyeait said the Corona Police Department participated in the chase, which began when the car sped through the checkpoint.

The car led pursuing agents and police north on the Santa Ana and Costa Mesa freeways and east on the Riverside Freeway before it crashed, authorities said.

Carrillo and Mendoza were held while the investigation continues, Pyeait said.