The Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an early morning police pursuit that ended with a serious injury crash and the death of a 19-year-old Livermore girl.
Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the incident began at 1:09 a.m. on Sunday, starting on Sycamore Valley Road near the southbound entrance ramp to I-680. A Danville Police Officer effected a traffic stop after witnessing a white two-door Honda driving recklessly in the area.
The driver fled from the officers onto the freeway at speeds upwards of 90 mph and exited onto eastbound Crow Canyon Road at speeds of 70 mph. Police said the vehicle made a u-turn at the Iron Horse Trail crossing and turned south onto Camino Ramon. At that point the driver lost control of the car and it left the roadway at a high rate of speed, striking a tree south of the intersection with Bollinger Canyon Road, at the entrance to Bishop Ranch One.
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel were dispatched to the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Hannah Meecham of Livermore, was pronounced dead at the scene after being “partially ejected” from the car. Two passengers, a 37-year-old man and a second 19-year-old girl, both from Livermore, were transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with serious injuries.
The car was later determined to have been stolen in nearby Dublin earlier in the week, according to police.
Because the accident involved a fatality, the Contra Costa County Fatal Incident Protocol has been invoked, and officials from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are at the scene investigating the incident.
The accident remains under investigation.