Woman who fled from Kent police succumbs to crash injuries


    A woman who fled from Kent police Saturday has died from the injuries she sustained.

    Kent officers were called to Safeway where the woman was attempting to use a stolen I.D. and cash a fraudulent check. As officers arrived, the woman drove away.

    Officers were able to locate her and attempted to pull her over. She accelerated and a police pursuit started.

    Officers attempted to stop her car with spike strips and tried to position their cars for an pursuit intervention technique (PIT) but she was able to maneuver her way around them. She started to drive erratically to avoid being stopped by police. Eventually the woman attempted to cut across the center divider lines on S 212th St, but crashed head on with another vehicle.

    Officers worked to stabilize the woman before she was transported to Harborview Medical Center. They also worked to put out a fire and aid the man she hit.

    “The fact that she took reckless actions that resulted in her death does not change the fact that her family has suffered the loss of a loved one," Chief Rafael Padilla said in a press release. "The loss of her life is a tragedy and we humbly offer our condolences to her family.”

    After police were able to confirm the woman's identity, they discovered she was wanted for a felony warrant and Kent police had arrested her one week prior; in that instance they also has a pursuit, but a PIT worked and they were able to arrest her.

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