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Pair in Escondido pursuit, fatal crash identified

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Posted at 11:56 AM, May 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 14:56:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Two people involved in a high-speed pursuit in Escondido, leading to a fatal crash, Thursday have been named.

The County Medical Examiner named Selena Matus, 20, the driver of the silver PT Cruiser that crashed and ejected 18-year-old Luis Angel Echevarria, a passenger, from the vehicle.

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Matus's cause of death was listed as blunt-force head and neck trauma, while Echevarria died of multiple blunt force injuries.

Escondido Police said the pursuit began at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday in an area near Midway Drive and East Grand Avenue. An officer pulled the car over for a broken tail light and red-light violation before the driver disobeyed the officer's verbal commands and fled.

Police said the vehicle reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour as it fled westbound on Grand Avenue, where the pursuit ended with the car crashing into several parked vehicles. The vehicle came to a rest upside down after knocking over a 30-foot tree in the process.

It's unclear why Matus fled the scene.

Matus and Echevarria were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants in the vehicle were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries of unknown severity.