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Woman Fleeing Cops Dies After Crashing Stolen Car Into Tree

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A woman driving a stolen vehicle died last night during a police pursuit. 24-year-old Vanessa Gomez was behind the wheel of a 2005 red Volvo Station Wagon, parked in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Anza Avenue around 2:15 a.m., reports City News Service. Torrance Police officers ran the plates and discovered it was stolen, but the vehicle sped off from the parking spot, and initiated a pursuit.

The chase lasted a mere two miles, however "[a]t times, the car hit speeds of over 100 mph with eventually three police cars in pursuit," reports L.A. Now. During the chase, the driver ran red lights, then crossed into opposing lanes. She lost control and slammed into a tree at PCH and Airport Drive.

“It was an explosive crash. There’s debris everywhere,” said Torrance police Sgt. Keith Fournier.

Gomez died on scene.