Scene of fatal crash at downtown Modesto taco truck
A car chase of a stolen vehicle ended in a crash that killed two people at a Modesto taco truck early Saturday, authorities said.
The incident started at Lakewood and Briggsmore avenues at 1:45 a.m., Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear said Saturday morning.
Police spotted a stolen car at the intersection and the pursuit began, reaching speeds of 60 to 100 mph. The California Highway Patrol, Modesto Police and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department all responded. The sheriff’s helicopter monitored the chase from above.
The suspects in the car fired several shots toward pursuing officers.
The chase went through Empire on Yosemite Boulevard into downtown Modesto to 14th and D streets, where the stolen car jumped a curb and crashed into the seating area of the Taco Vallarta taco truck, Bear said.
Two adult males jumped out of the car and fled on foot. Deputies in the helicopter “kept eyes on them” as they ran away and the men were quickly apprehended, Bear said.
Two people at the taco truck, apparently customers, were killed in the crash. No identifying information has been released.
“We could not not pursue them,” Bear said Saturday morning. “They were being so reckless they were definitely a danger to our community. Unfortunately, we were not able to protect everyone from their decisions.”
Midmorning, the two suspects were being questioned, Bear said. They had not yet been charged. They have been identified publicly only as two male adults in their early 20s from the Bay Area. Two firearms and ammunition were collected from the suspects’ vehicle.