Man, 59, Dies in SJ DUI-Related Accident

The driver was arrested on charges of drunk driving and being unlicensed.

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    A 59-year-old San Jose man died Friday morning as the California Highway Patrol was chasing a stolen Volkswagen Passat.

    The driver who started the chain of events -- Dario Dwayne Taylor, 23, of Pittsburg -- was arrested in connection with driving drunk and being unlicensed, according to the CHP.

    The identity of the man who was killed was not immediately released.

    A CHP officer saw the burgundy 1999 Passat  without license plates exiting U.S. Highway 101 on eastbound McKee Road near North 33rd Street Thursday about 9:30 p.m. The officer took an open container of alcohol from one of two female passengers, police said.

    The officer then ordered Taylor out of the car, and police said that's when Taylor took off, striking a parked Honda, and ramming into a parked Volkswagen Golf on 33rd Street past Alum Rock Avenue.

    The 59-year-old man got stuck between the two cars, and he died Friday about 7:30 a.m. at Regional Medical Center, police said. A 31-year-old woman standing nearby suffered moderate injuries, and her 11-year-old son avoided being hit, police said.

    Taylor continued on, hitting more cars. He finally smacked into an oncoming Chrysler and the collision set both vehicles on fire, police said.

    Taylor's injuries were not severe. The two women in his car haven't been found.