Lyle L. Verry, 38, was listed in critical but stable condition Monday at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Yuba City police Lt. Bill Ollar said Verry was severely burned when the fleeing subject, driving a silver 2000 Ford Expedition, hit his company vehicle, a 1984 GMC flatbed truck, causing the gas tank to explode.
A witness to the collision, which took place at Walton Avenue and Bridge Street, pulled Verry out of the truck by his ankles, but the victim's clothing had already caught fire.
The truck was destroyed in the blaze.
Ollar said there were several witnesses to the horrific incident. The Sutter County Trauma Intervention Team was called in to assist family members and stunned onlookers.
Yuba City police said Verry has a wife and three children who will need financial assistance, especially if Verry faces huge medical bills and a long rehabilitation.
Ollar said inquiries or donations to the family can be directed to the Yuba City Police, 1545 Poole Blvd., Yuba City, 95993, or by calling 822-4673.
Verry has been employed by Skip Brown Paving of Chico for the last three years and was in Yuba City working on a job for a new housing subdivision.
Lynette Brown said Verry has no medical insurance, but does qualify for workers' compensation.
She also said the small contracting company is also doing what it can to help the family, including supplying Verry's wife with a cell phone and assisting with transportation between Chico and the hospital in Sacramento.
"This is a family in need," said Ollar, who noted that his department is attempting to determine if the Verrys might be eligible for victim-witness money.
Verry was taken by helicopter to the medical center, where he was admitted to the burn unit.
The chase which preceded the collision began in the parking lot of a Sam's Club store when the owner of the car spotted it and called police.
The suspect initially appeared willing to stop for police, but then sped away. Police pursued the vehicle at high speeds along Walton, until the crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m.
The suspect jumped from the suspected stolen vehicle and began jumping fences through a residential neighborhood.
He was described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a white T-shirt, tan pants and very short hair. He also possibly sustained an injury to his forehead.
Several police agencies were called in to search for the suspect, including a CHP helicopter and K-9 units from the Sutter County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect hadn't been found as of Monday afternoon. Yuba City police are asking anyone with information about the stolen vehicle or the collision to call 822-4664 or the Yuba-Sutter office of the CHP.
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