Police continue investigation of fatal high speed pursuit
CORONADO (CNS) – Sheriff's authorities Friday continued their investigation into a deadly pursuit that now may or may not have stemmed from a carjacking in Imperial Beach.
Thursday morning, authorities said a woman carjacked a full size Ford pickup truck at knife point near 1200 Georgia Street about 7:30 a.m. The woman, who was accompanied by a male companion and pit bull, reportedly took off in the vehicle with her companion and dog, and a second man who was in the backseat.
About 15 minutes later, a pursuit from Imperial Beach to state Route 75 in Coronado ensued. It ended near Glorietta Bay Park, where the truck got into a crash, overturned and caught fire. Both the woman and the man in the backseat died at the scene and the whereabouts of the woman's companion became a mystery.
Three other people in vehicles struck during the pursuit were injured.
The investigation continued throughout the day. As of mid-Thursday morning, authorities said the carjacking victims included a woman who fled when she saw the knife and the man who was in the backseat detailing the vehicle at the time.
But later in the day, San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos said the specific facts leading up to the deputies pursuit of the vehicle have become questionable.
“At this point in the investigation, it has not been established whether an actual carjacking did, in fact, occur,” Brugos said, in a statement released late Thursday.
The names of the deceased were being withheld until their next of kin could be notified.