A police chase on I-80 ended in a deadly crash in Rodeo Thursday evening when a the driver of a Mazda fleeing from police in Berkeley took to surface streets, crashing into a 2017 Nissan with children aboard traveling south on Willow Avenue at 4th Street and Parker Avenue and coming to rest a short distance away.
The crash killed driver Ryniqueka Dowell, 31, as she turned in front of the approach Mazda SUV, the crash seriously injuring her twin 6-year-old boys. Family members announced that one of the injured twins, Jamari Humble, died March 27, 2023.
A Hercules police officer was believed to have been behind the speeding Mazda, losing sight of it as it left the freeway before reacquiring the vehicle as it proceeded onto city streets and crashed into Dowell’s Nissan.
Officers from multiple jurisdictions descended on the scene, discovering the three victims inside and calling in an air ambulance to airlift Jamari to a nearby hospital. His brother remains in serious condition.
A man identified as Ralph Ellsworth White III, 20, of Vallejo fled the scene but was taken into custody a short time later at a nearby business, according to police.
The Mazda had been reported stolen earlier.