06/19/2011

Driver dies during high-speed pursuit

Crash occurred as officers called for assistance

By John Coté
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A San Jose man was killed this morning in a high-speed chase with Santa Clara County deputies after his pickup slammed into an empty ethanol tanker truck, police said.

Jesus Loera, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on East Santa Clara Street just beyond the Highway 101 overpass, San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. The passenger in the pickup, a 22-year-old San Jose resident, was taken to Regional Medical Center of San Jose with undisclosed injuries. The person was not identified. The tanker truck driver was not hurt, police said.

The pursuit started after several residents on Cragmont Avenue and nearby streets in east San Jose called to report multiple vehicles doing doughnuts in the street and driving recklessly at about 5 a.m., Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Sung said.

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