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Innocent Victims of Vehicular Police Pursuits

This page lists California victims of pursuit. Information about innocent victims in other states is located here.

We welcome digital pictures and written tributes of your innocent loved ones killed or injured in a vehicular police pursuit, no matter the state or country. Your information will be included in this section: Victims' Stories.

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Don't even think about it. When a peace officer signals for you to pull over, do so as soon as it is safe. If you have done something wrong, do not add to it by fleeing and then killing someone else or yourself. Many suspects who have fled the police for minor offenses spend the rest of their lives in state prisons.

People who flee are using their car as a deadly weapon and they KNOW it.

This list of names is incomplete. The media provides limited coverage to pursuit stories and often names of innocent victims are omitted pending notification of family, making it even more difficult to obtain all the names of innocent victims. Information is gathered from Internet searches and personal contact with grieving families and friends. The people named below are all innocent victims killed in vehicular police pursuits.

We are no longer updating this page.
Names of some California bystanders and peace officers killed
after Feb. 11, 2007, may be found at this link:
Click here.

Sources: On-line media news stories and e-mails from victims' families.
Information includes innocent victim's name, age, date of pursuit, which is not necessarily the date of death; L.E. agency and reason for chase (why the officer initiated the chase). Links include stories and tributes submitted by family members.

Known Innocent victims killed in pursuits in 2007
Monica Lucky,
41, resides in Stockton, February 11, 2007
(Acting Oakland PD Traffic Sergeant Vincent Fratangelo said, Ā"No. No chase was involved in this one." Witnesses tell a different story. Amy Badore said, "I saw a police car following with its sirens and lights on.")
Brandon Harper, 26, Santa Barbara, January 20, 2007 (Santa Barbara Sheriffs initiated a pursuit for a driver suspected of DUI.)

Known Innocent victims killed in pursuits in 2006
Kathryn Bogosian-Langley,
25, Magalia, October 26, 2006 (Paradise Police officers & Butte County Sheriff deputies chased a known felon who had been under surveillance for three weeks. This felon had recently had a domestic dispute with a woman who may or may not have filed a complaint.)
Rodrigo Vega, 38, Carlsbad, Sept. 4, 2006 (Carlsbad Police initiated a pursuit for a driver running a red light, the officer then suspected the driver was DUI.)
Halley Simone Lee, 9 months old, June 30, 2006 (Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI.)
Jessica Castaneda-Rodriguez,
25, May 27, 2006 (Oakland Police chased suspect for blaring loud music; this reason was the first one given by an Oakland Police officer.)
Salvador Nieves Jr.,
21, May 27, 2006 (Oakland Police chased suspect for blaring loud music; this reason was the first one given by an Oakland Police officer.)
Lisa Rosas
,
17,
Bakersfield, April 7, 2006 (Bakersfield PD officers were chasing a suspect in a stolen car.) Note: Lisa's niece, 22-month-old Katrina Martinez, received serious neck and spinal cord injuries and is now paralyzed.
Cleora Chrisman,
67, Oakland, April 7, 2006,
(Oakland PD officers were chasing a suspect in a stolen car.)
7-month-old unborn baby, Garden Grove, March 31, 2006 (Garden Grove officers were chasing a known parolee.)
Asatur Tokatlyan,
42, West Hollywood Feb. 23, 2006 (LAPD officers were chasing an attempted kidnapping suspect. Prior to the chase, the woman who called this in was no longer in danger; the woman could ID the suspect and officers could ID the suspect's vehicle.)

Francisco Aguilar-Brito,
20, Anaheim, Jan. 14, 2006 (A Fullerton officer was chasing a suspect for a petty theft at a bar ...)
Francisco Martinez, 20, Anaheim, Jan. 14, 2006 (A Fullerton officer was chasing a suspect for a petty theft at a bar ...)
Guadalupe Ramirez,
39,
Anaheim, Jan. 14, 2006 (A Fullerton officer was chasing a suspect for a petty theft at a bar ...)
No name and no further stories found,
26-year-old male, Arcadia, Jan. 13, 2006
(Irwindale police began the chase for a stolen Toyota Camry. The chase continued into Arcadia. The story was reported by abclocal.go.com/kabc/ but is no longer online.)

Known Innocent victims killed in pursuits in 2005
Talmin Moye, Jr., 3, Pasadena, Dec. 11, 2005 (Arcadia Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
Roy White,
61, U.S., north of the John Daly exit in the Bay area
, Dec. 11, 2005 (San Francisco Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
Annie Ying Zi Cai,
30, Torrance, May 14, 2005 (Hawthorne PD chased a man who had taken his 15-year-old son during a family dispute.)
Melody Carolyn Wooldridge , 22, Redlands, April 13, 2005 (Orange County Sheriff Deputies chased a suspect for failure to display license plates.)
Name withheld pending notification of family, 44, Redlands, April 13, 2005 (Orange County Sheriff Deputies chased a suspect for failure to display license plates.)
Stephen Aguirre, 39, Camarillo, April 3, 2005 (Ventura County Sheriff chased suspect for speeding.)
Jie Wang, 24, Berkeley, died March 10, 2005 (On Feb. 23, 2005, Albany Police Department chased a suspected drug dealer.)
Jesse Robertson, 36, Los Angeles, Feb. 13, 2005 (LAPD initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI.)

Known Innocent victims killed in pursuits in 2004
Linda Carson Soper,
47, San Diego, August 10, 2004 (San Diego Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
Mariline Sacks, 45, San Francisco, March 4, 2004 (San Francisco Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
No name of victim given in reports, Pacoima, March 1, 2004 (CHP did not state offense; fleeing suspect was not captured)
Young man in Southern California, February 29, 2004 
(Searching for more information)
Maria de Jesus Aranda, 32, Sun Valley, Feb. 3, 2004 (Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
Ana Bell Gomez, 45, Sun Valley, Feb. 3, 2004 (Police were chasing a suspected car thief.)
Darlene Zavala, 2, Los Angeles, Feb. 3, 2004 (LAPD did not state reason for pursuit.)
Armando Marquez, 25, Los Angeles, Feb. 3, 2004 (LAPD did not state reason for pursuit.)
Ron Daniella, 19, Los Angeles, Feb. 3, 2004 (LAPD did not state reason for pursuit.)
Adam McKinnis, 22, Fresno, January 3, 2004. Adam would die five days later. (CHP chased a man for a seatbelt violation.)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 18 innocent victims were killed in CA pursuits in 2003. This figure does not include passengers -- even the children -- in the fleeing car.

Delonn Arenas, 49, Desert Hot Springs, November 21, 2003 (Police observed carjacking suspect before he got into a car.  The driver of that car, with the suspect as a passenger, fled from police.)  
Eula Gladney (Texas resident), 70, Escondido, November 16, 2003 (CHP chased a man for traffic violation and suspected DUI.)
Gregory Charles (resident of Modesto), 50, Oakland, November 9, 2003 (Police initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI.) 
Jody Perry (resident of Grass Valley), 37, Oakland, November 9, 2003  (Police initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI.) 
Quillar Coleman, 74, Long Beach, October 1, 2003
Clinton Grandy, 62, Oakland, August 27, 2003 (Oakland Police initiated a pursuit for a stolen car.)
Aaron M. Keller, 33, Los Angeles, August 15, 2003 (CHP, pursuit for stolen vehicle)
Jacob S. Bertucci, age unknown, Los Angeles, August 15, 2003 (CHP, pursuit for stolen vehicle)
Sergio Valenzuela, 35, Pomona, August 13, 2003 (Montclair Police initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI, driving recklessly.) 
Teale Sisson, 9, Nappa Valley, August 8, 2003 (CHP, pursuit of a speeder, who was on meth.)
Scott Adsit, 35, San Francisco, July 7, 2003 (Police initiated a pursuit for a suspected car thief.)
Fresno Deputy Sheriff Joshua Lancaster, 27, May 29, 2003 (Sanger PD, pursuit for a stolen vehicle.) Deputy Sheriff Lancaster was an innocent bystander; he was not one of the pursuing officers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 17 innocent victims were killed in CA pursuits in 2002. This figure does not include unwilling passengers -- even the children -- in the fleeing car.

William Darku, 75, Oakland, Sept. 19, 2002
Aaron Farahmand, 28, Sacramento Guitar Teacher, Folsom, Sept. 6, 2002 (Officers initiated a pursuit for a wanted parolee on burglary charges)
Evelyn Vargas, 4, Los Angeles, June 1, 2002
Cynthia Rowland, age unknown, remembered as loving and caring, Rio Linda, May 15, 2002 (Sacramento Sheriff's Deputies chased a parole violator who had been convicted of battery.)
Brian Rosero, 10, Norwalk, April 16, 2002 (Police chased a speeder.)
Jessica Mohorko, 18, Oxnard, March 23, 2002 (CHP chased a speeder; suspect not caught.)
No name given, Madera, Feb. 20, 2002 (Sheriff chased suspect fleeing burglary scene.)
No name given, Madera, Feb. 20, 2002 (Sheriff chased suspect fleeing burglary scene.)
Korina Borja, 7, Escondido, Feb. 10, 2002
Kelly Borja, 17, Escondido, Feb. 10, 2002  
Kristie Priano, 15, Chico, January 22, 2002 (Chico PD chased known teenager who took mom's car.)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 24 innocent victims were killed in CA pursuits in 2001. This figure does not include unwilling passengers -- even the children -- in the fleeing car.
Myra Rivera, 23, Oceanside, June 4, 2001  
Theodore Abraham Resnick, 33, San Francisco, March 14, 2001 (CHP initiated a pursuit for a suspected DUI.) 
No name given, Morro Bay, March 8, 2001
Bernice Martinez, 43, Stockton, Feb. 20, 2001 (Stockton Unified School District Officers chased student in stolen truck.)
Ashley Martinez, 14, Stockton, Feb. 20, 200 1 (Stockton Unified School District Officers chased student in stolen truck.)
Christina Martinez, 16, Stockton, Feb. 20, 2001 (Stockton Unified School District Officers chased student in stolen truck.)
Desiree Guzman, 14, Stockton, Feb. 20, 2001 (Stockton Unified School District Officers chased student in stolen truck.)
Known innocent bystanders with Permanent Injuries
Larry Ritchey, Northern California (Leg severed in pursuit crash)
Lyle Verry (Chico resident), 38, Yuba City, July 16, 2004 (Yuba City Police Department chased suspect in stolen truck; suspect not caught.)
Johnnie Talor, 78, Escondido, November 16, 2003
Dorthia Goodney-Hefner, 52, Escondido, November 16, 2003
Harley Medellin, 2 weeks old, Sylmar, December 2002 (Arm severed in crash)
Anna and Henry Polivoda, 70s, Southern Cal, March 15, 2002 (LAPD does not know why pursuit started.)
 
Known peace officers killed in California Police Vehicular Pursuits
We continually pray for the safety of all law enforcement officers.
SF Police Officer Nick Birco, 39, July 26, 2006 (SF Officers were pursuing robbery suspects.)
CHP Officer Erick Manny, 35, December 21, 2005 (Officer Manny was pursuing a speeding driver.)
CHP Officer James Goodman, 48, June 3, 2004 (A decorated officer, Officer Goodman was pursuing a suspected hit-and-run suspect.)
Solano County Volunteer Deputy John P. Sandlin, 66, April 23, 2004 (Deputy Sandlin was chasing a speeder; suspect not caught.)
San Diego Police Officer Terry Bennett, 38, June 26, 2003 (In pursuit of stolen vehicle)
San Francisco Police Officer Jon Cook, 38, June 12, 2002 (Automobile crash to help fellow officers apprehend a man accused of attacking his wife.)

Kristie's Law had one goal: Stop unnecessary vehicular policepursuits so no other family will endure the pain of preventable deaths
or injuries of loved ones ... children, siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends or peace officers.


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