A young woman and boy from Daly City were killed on Christmas night when the minivan in which they were traveling collided with a vehicle that police were attempting to stop for a traffic violation in Pasadena.
The victims were identified Wednesday as Tracy Ong Tan, 26, of Glendale, who was driving the minivan, and 11-year-old Isiah Ng from Daly City.
"Christmas will never be the same," said the boy's godfather, Dennis O'Connor, who told NBC on Wednesday night that the family was visiting Pasadena for the holidays. "Isaiah didn't make it.
Police attempted to stop a sport utility vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign near the 1900 block of Newport Avenue in Pasadena. The location had been cordoned off by police for investigation of a shooting that occurred around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
After a short pursuit, the SUV crashed into the minivan carrying five people near the intersection of Maple St. and Morengo Ave. at around 8:45 pm. Two of the minivan’s passengers -- King and the 11-year-old boy -- died at the scene and three others were hospitalized. The injured are: Kenric Ng, 49, Irene Ng, 52, and a 16-year-old girl from Daly City. Kenric Ng has since been treated and released. His wife and daughter remain hospitalized.
All four people in the SUV were taken into police custody. The occupants were arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. They are: Jayda Mays, 18, of Pasadena; Brittany Washington, 21, of Los Angeles; Darryl Williams, 22, of Pasadena; and Demauria Hannah, 22, of Pasadena, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
"It's tragic,"' Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said. "We have an innocent family that was going about their business on a special day and a special time of the year.''
In the Tuesday shooting, Victor McClinton, 49, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department law enforcement technician was killed. Police said that he was not the target of the shooting. Police were still attempting to determine whether the vehicle involved in a crash that killed the Daly City mother and son was the same vehicle described by shooting witnesses.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Published at 7:27 AM PST on Dec 27, 2012