Driver Flees San Jose Police, Dies After Crashing into Pole

San Jose Police Generic
Damian Trujillo

A driver of a stolen vehicle in San Jose fled police Saturday night before fatally crashing into a light pole.

Two San Jose Police Department officers attempted to stop the female driver, but she immediately took off from the scene at a high rate of speed. Less than one minute later, she collided with the pole near Fruitdale Avenue and St. Elizabeth Drive, police said.

The two officers did not pursue the driver after she sped away, police said.

The driver's identity will not be released until the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has confirmed her identity and notified her family.

Saturday night's crash marks the South Bay city's 43rd fatal traffic collision of 2016, according to police.

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