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Two male suspects killed in collision after Orange County sheriff’s deputies gave chase

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Two suspects were killed Thursday when an afternoon pursuit involving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ended in a collision at Imperial Highway and Big Sky Lane in Anaheim, authorities said.
(Anaheim Police Department)

Two male suspects were killed Thursday afternoon when a pursuit involving Orange County sheriff’s deputies ended in a collision at Imperial Highway and Big Sky Lane in Anaheim, authorities said.

Deputies responded about 12:40 p.m. to a report of suspicious activity in the 19000 block of Ridgeview Road in Villa Park, said Jaimee Blashaw, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The deputies made contact with the suspects, who fled in a gray Ford Focus, Blashaw and Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

During the four-minute pursuit, one of the suspects threw out a pillowcase that contained laptops and jewelry, Blashaw said.

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As the suspects’ vehicle headed north on Imperial Highway, it crossed into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with a Kia SUV, Wyatt said.

The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. A male in the rear passenger seat was taken to a hospital, where he died. A female in the front passenger seat suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Wyatt said the female driver of the Kia was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The names and ages of the suspects were not given.

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No deputies were injured, Blashaw said.

The danger of police pursuits has received renewed attention in recent years. The Los Angeles County civil grand jury in recent months released a report emphasizing the importance of training for law enforcement in reducing the likelihood of crashes during pursuits.

A Times data analysis showed that 1 in 10 car chases initiated by the Los Angeles Police Department from 2006 to 2014 resulted in injuries to bystanders.

Times staff writer James Queally contributed to this report.

corina.knoll@latimes.com

@corinaknoll


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