Police Car Chase Ends With 76-Year-Old Innocent Bystander Crushed To Death

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This past Tuesday, a Vallejo cop flipped on his red and blues in response to what the department’s PR department called “reckless driving.” Rather than slowing down or stopping, the driver apparently sped off through two intersections before colliding with a parked car — crushing a 76-year-old bystander between it and adjacent vehicle. The pedestrian was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died.

This practice has always been, and continues to be, absurd. Cars now come with modern technology that allows police to track them down to an owner’s address — a recent safety development called “license plates.” Tickets can be delivered by mail, infractions adjudicated in a court of law by a jury of one’s peers rather than bargained at the roadside where one party holds all the power. Ending traffic stops, and police chases with them, will make us all safer.

Police chases rarely, if ever, end well. An uninvolved pedestrian in Vallejo, California, discovered just how poorly chases can go earlier this week, when he was crushed between two parked vehicles as they were pushed together by a driver attempting to outrun local police.