OAKLAND -- A San Leandro man killed March 9 on Interstate 880 suffered his fatal injuries while chasing down a car that had been stolen from a friend, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
Paul Cao, 32, was killed when the minivan he was driving collided with a stolen Honda sedan that he was pursuing. A passenger in the van, the owner of the Honda, was seriously injured. The thief driving the Honda ran from the freeway following the wreck and is still being sought.
The CHP released video and photographs Tuesday showing the Honda being stolen, in hopes it might lead to the suspect.
Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said Cao had borrowed the Honda from a friend in San Leandro on March 9.
The video from a nearby surveillance camera shows Cao parking the Honda and going inside a house on Army Street near Kelly Avenue. A red Jeep Cherokee is seen driving by, then backing up and parking. A man, believed to be Latino, age 20 to 30, is seen putting on a hooded sweatshirt, then getting into the unlocked Honda.
Wilkenfeld said investigators believe the man was able to jimmy the ignition to get the Honda started and the video then shows him getting out and gesturing to the Jeep, which is seen driving off following the departed Honda.
Something alerted Cao and the Honda owner, and they got into a 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan and began chasing the Honda.
It has not been determined if they tried to call police or the CHP to alert them to what was happening.
A few minutes later about 3:10 p.m. the van and the Honda collided in the northbound lanes of I-880 north of Hegenberger Road near O.co Coliseum.
Wilkenfeld said CHP investigators still don't know the sequence of events that led to the collision. The Honda owner who was injured has not been able to remember yet exactly what happened, he said.
The CHP is asking anyone with information about the theft, collision or suspect to contact investigators at 800-TELL-CHP or 510-450-3821.