Woman Sought in Daughter’s Murder Injured

<i> From Associated Press</i>

A Beverly Hills woman sought statewide in the slayings of her daughter and a former employer was critically injured Thursday when her car crashed after a chase on winding rural roads, authorities said.

Anita Lillian Corral, 62, was airlifted to Stanford Medical Center where she was in critical condition, according to Don Gibbons, hospital spokesman.

Initial reports from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department said the injuries were caused by a self-inflicted gunshot. However, hospital officials could not confirm the cause of the injuries.

Corral’s BMW car was spotted Thursday morning at a gas station on California 92, said Lt. Lon Waxstein of the Half Moon Bay Police Department.


Authorities took up the chase about 20 miles away as she drove southbound on U.S. 101 in Redwood City. Police chased her west on California 84 toward the coast at speeds of up to 80 m.p.h.

The chase ended when Corral crashed her car west of La Honda.

Authorities said Corral killed her daughter at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, then drove to San Jose, where she shot and killed her former employer.

San Jose police Sgt. Robert Beams said Wednesday that Corral stalked the second victim, Thomas Patrick Ford, 43, and his family after personal and business relations soured in 1991.


Carlsbad Police Lt. Michael Shipley said authorities believe Corral killed her daughter, 34-year-old Doreen Corral of San Jose, on or before Monday at the resort.

Police in San Jose believe she then drove to that city, where she allegedly shot and killed Ford about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at his appliance store.