Innocent Driver Killed by Fleeing Suspects: Police

Police said they called off pursuit prior to crash.

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012  |  Updated 5:29 PM PDT
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A car of burglary suspects fled from police in Newark today, driving recklessly through city streets before colliding with another car, killing the driver, police said. Police were called to a report of a home burglary on Mistflower  Avenue shortly before 10 a.m.

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A car of burglary suspects fled from police in Newark today, driving recklessly through city streets before colliding with another car, killing the driver, police said. Police were called to a report of a home burglary on Mistflower Avenue shortly before 10 a.m.

Newark police are investigating a deadly rollover crash at the intersection of Cherry Street and Mowry Avenue.

This happened just before 11 a.m. Wednesday following a police pursuit of three burglary suspects, according to Newark police. Police said they had called off the pursuit prior to the collision, but had been pursuing burglary suspects in the moments ahead of the violent collision.

Reporters at the scene said an unsuspecting driver was hit by the fleeing vehicle and died as a result of the crash.

It all started when police were called to a report of a burglary in progress at a home.

A witness who reported the robbery told police he saw three men enter his neighbor's home after kicking down the front door.

Police said that neighbor provided them with a vehicle description. Police said they saw the suspects' car, a Chevrolet  Malibu, leaving the area and attempted to stop it, but the driver sped away.

Police said they called off the chase when the suspects started driving erratically. Then, moments later came the crash at Cherry and Mowry when the suspect's car collided with another vehicle.

One of the three suspects was trapped inside the vehicle, while the other two ran away, according to police. All three were ultimately arrested and treated for various injuries caused by the crash.

Police said that all three  have extensive criminal histories. They have been identified as Rajwaun Watkins, Jabrie  Watts and Deshon Collier, all 20-years-old.

The driver who died was not immediately identified.

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