A 21-year-old man believed to have been driving a stolen vehicle died this afternoon in a crash on El Camino Avenue after leading Sacramento police on a short pursuit.
Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said officers were on patrol in the area of Acacia Avenue and Belden Street in North Sacramento at 12:37 p.m.when they spotted a white Honda traveling in the opposite direction. Officers ran the license plate number and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
The officers turned around and attempted a to stop the Honda, but the driver failed to pull over and turned southbound onto Clay Street with police in pursuit. Seconds later, at the intersection of Clay Street and El Camino Avenue, the suspect ran a stop sign and the Honda was struck by a car traveling west on El Camino.
Gigante said the suspect, who was alone in the Honda, died at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.
Gigante said a man and woman were in the other vehicle. One sustained minor injury, but neither was transported to the hospital.
El Camino Avenue was closed between Taft and Lexington streets while officers investigated the crash scene.
Anyone with information about the stolen-vehicle case or who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or test a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP folowed by the tip informaton. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.