Fleeing purse-snatching suspect crashes, dies in Hollywood intersection


A suspect in a purse-snatching died Monday when he crashed his getaway car into several vehicles as he fled from police.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, died on the scene, his car mangled in the violent crash.

“At the time of the accident, the suspect was fleeing police,’’ said Hollywood Sgt. Lester “Gene” Cochenour. It’s unclear how fast the suspect or the officers were traveling at the time.

The four-vehicle accident occurred at around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Taft Street and Park Road, police said.

The fleeing suspect apparently blew a red light and slammed into several cars in the intersection, flipping over a white van and sparking a vehicle fire.

The incident began on Johnson Street where police said the suspect allegedly snatched a woman’s purse, jumped in the Impala and fled with his female passenger. The purse-snatching victim was not seriously injured.

A be-on-the-look out for the Impala was issued and a police cruiser spotted the car near Interstate 95 and began following the suspect, who threw the purse and then its contents out of the window as he sped away from the police unit, Cochenour said.

At the intersection, the driver apparently took the red light and caused the violent crash.

The driver of the van became trapped and a female office had to break a rear window to pull the trapped driver out as vehicles began to smoke.

The officer suffered an arm injury and was treated at the scene.

The van driver and the suspect’s female passenger were both transported to local hospitals.

This article will be updated as more information is available.

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