5 injured after pursuit ends in crash in Paradise Hills

Crash occurred on Rancho Hills, Reo drives

SAN DIEGO - Five people were injured Tuesday after a pursuit ended in a crash in Paradise Hills.

The incident started at about 6 p.m. on Calle Gaviota when police officers spotted a green Honda that had been reported stolen.

According to San Diego police Lt. Mark Bennett, the owner of the Honda reported he saw the teens stealing it. The owner jumped into another car and followed the Honda for several miles until a patrol car arrived.

"As they were pulling up behind it the vehicle sped away," said Bennett.

Officers tried to pull the driver over, but the driver did not stop and collided with a white SUV near Rancho Hills Drive and Reo Drive.

Bennett estimated the Honda was going about 60 miles per hour when it slammed into the white Ford Excursion.

Sandra Cabral pulled into her driveway just seconds before the crash. 

"It could have been me," she said. "It could have been one of my nephews. It could have been any kid in the neighborhood."

The Honda's three occupants – who were 18 and 19 years old – had to be cut from the wreckage.

Inside the SUV were a mother and her two children, a 13-year-old and an 8 year-old. The children were taken to Rady Children's Hospital with minor injuries.

Three other people were transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital with major trauma.

The driver of the Honda will be charged with felony car theft.

Both Cabral and police say it was lucky no one was killed.

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