Police: Deadly crash in Flint caused by driver fleeing carjacking

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FLINT (WJRT) (7/18/19) - Michigan State Police say two teenagers carjacked a driver in Flint and later caused a deadly crash that left a woman dead and her husband critically injured.

Police say the teens stole a Dodge Charger just after 2 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a party store at Ballenger Highway and Corunna Road.

A Michigan State Police trooper saw the stolen car a couple minutes later and tried to pull over the driver. The teen behind the wheel refused to stop and police began chasing the Charger.

The chase entered the city of Flint, where the Charger ran a red light at Home and Martin Luther King avenues and slammed into a vehicle carrying a 57-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband.

The woman died of her injuries and the man was rushed to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday morning.

Police arrested the 17-year-old male and 19-year-old female accused of carjacking the Charger and leading police on the chase. They were not identified Thursday morning because no formal charges had been filed against them.

Both suspects remained in an area hospital in police custody while they received treatment for their injuries sustained in the crash.

Michigan State Police are investigating the crash while the Flint Police Department is investigating the carjacking.

Michigan State Police say their department policy strictly limits pursuits to cases where troopers believe a felony took place beyond fleeing and eluding police. Carjacking is a felony crime punishable by up to life in prison.

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