RICHMOND -- Two people were critically injured after a car fleeing from police slammed into their vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said the crash was reported around 3:50 p.m. on Macdonald Avenue at Sixth Street. Both patients were rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek -- one by ambulance and one by helicopter -- shortly after the crash, according to fire officials.
Shortly before the collision, Hill said, undercover police officers saw the suspect car driving erratically near San Pablo and McBryde avenues, and recognized the driver of the car as a gang member who had an outstanding warrant for firearm charges. There were two other passengers in the car as well, Hill noted.
The undercover officers followed the vehicle until a marked Richmond Police Department squad car drove up to conduct a traffic stop.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, fled when the officer approached and led police on a short pursuit before officers lost the car. Within minutes, Hill said, dispatchers received several calls of a major crash at Sixth Street and MacDonald Avenue.
When officers arrived, they discovered that their suspect's car had crashed into a sedan driving westbound on MacDonald Avenue. The suspect driver and the two passengers, uninjured, ran from the scene, abandoning their car.
The driver and one of the passengers were caught a short time later. Charges for them are pending, and the second passenger remains at-large, Hill said.
The intersection, next to Nevin Park and just two blocks from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, remains closed while officers as well as the California Highway Patrol investigate the collision.
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