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For the second time in the past week, a suspect has died in an accident after Vallejo police failed to respond to a traffic accident and then initiated a chase. This is the fourth traffic fatality in the city this year.

Vallejo Police Department spokesman Sergeant Rashad Hollis said patrol officers initiated the traffic stop shortly before 11 p.m. Monday on Couch Street near Mississippi Street after a license plate check of the white 2014 Dodge Durango revealed that it had been reported stolen by San Francisco police.

Backup was requested to assist with a felony traffic stop, which was initiated when the vehicle reached the intersection of Couch Street and Redwood Street. At that point, Hollis said, the driver – who was the vehicle’s sole occupant – refused to comply and led officers on a brief chase before losing control of the vehicle and colliding with a fence, building and tree at the intersection of Broadway and Alabama Street.

“Immediately after the collision, the vehicle caught fire,” Hollis said. “Officers quickly removed the unconscious driver from the vehicle to a safe location and provided medical aid until emergency responders arrived.”

Despite resuscitation attempts by the emergency services and fire department, the driver succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Hollis.

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time until the Solano County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has notified his next of kin.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Officer Brad Kim at 707-648-4329 or email [email protected].

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