Motorist Killed in Collision With Fleeing Suspects

From United Press International

A motorist was killed Sunday after two robbery suspects led Los Angeles police on a high-speed chase and then slammed into the man's car, authorities said.

The man killed in the near head-on collision at 49th Street and Broadway about 8:40 a.m. was identified as Carlos Diaz, 24, of Los Angeles, Sgt. David Young said.

The driver of the car being pursued by police, Anthony Francisco, 22, was booked on suspicion of murder at the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center, where he was treated for serious injuries. His companion escaped.

"The guy (Diaz) was totally innocent," Young said. "And then, with him lying there, the paramedics cut the suspect's (Francisco) shirt off to treat him and there were his gang insignias (tattoos). It was the most disgusting thing I ever saw. And people dressed for church were standing watching us."

Young said officers had tried to stop Francisco's car on Normandie Avenue after a check of the license plate showed it had been used in a recent robbery.

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