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Three different news stories are making the rounds today, all of which involve cars and crimes, and all of which are best defined as "things that make you go hmm?" (Are we still allowed to say that?)

First, a fiery car crash was the dramatic conclusion to a police chase that ended up in Rosemead last night, resulting in the death of the driver. But what alerted the police's suspicions and led to the chase was the fact that he was driving "an SUV that belonged to a woman found shot to death at her Gardena business," according to officials, as reported in the Pasadena Star-News. The driver "fired shots at police officers from inside the damaged SUV" prior to his death, and officers did not fire back. The SUV's owner, Connie Chang, was found shot to death in her Gardena cafe earlier this month, and the car had been listed as missing ever since. The Star-News explains: "Gardena police said detectives are investigating the dead man's possible involvement in Chang's slaying."

Then, in more of a "you've got to be kidding" kind of a car-related crime, the SUV belonging to a Hemet couple was stolen just a few feet away from them while they visited a departed loved one at the Riverside National Cemetery. Inside the car was the couple's disabled 16-year-old dog; the car had been kept running with the air conditioning on for the comfort of the beloved pet while the couple stepped away to pay respects at the grave of the wife's father, a WWII vet. A woman was dropped off by a car, hopped in their running Ford Explorer, and then took off, dog and all.

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Lastly, today in Victorville "a father accidentally ran over his two children inside the garage of their family home," reports KNBC.com. Say what? So far no reason for this accident has been revealed. The father was about to drive the kids to the hospital himself, but then thought better of it and sought help from a Sheriff. The children were "conscious and alert" when medical personnel arrived to airlift them to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Photo of a totally unrelated vehicle to any of the above stories by hexodus... via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr