One dead, two injured after hit-and-run in San Jose

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — The San Jose Police Department is investigating its fifth fatal crash of the year — the latest crash happening Thursday afternoon, leaving one dead and two injured. 

Police say just before 1 p.m. today, an officer spotted a “suspicious” BMW in the area of Corumba Court and Vargas Drive. A man was seen walking back to the car from the front door of a house in the neighborhood. Police say the BMW and the man matched the description of a suspect and vehicle potentionaly involved in a burglary from earlier in the day. 

Police say the man noticed the officer, got in the BMW and fled the area at a “high rate of speed.”

The San Jose officer tried to catch up with the BMW to make a traffic stop, but the BMW was able to speed away. 

Shortly thereafter, the officer spotted the same BMW involved in a crash with a black Lexus. 

The driver of the BMW, described as a male in his late teens, fled the scene, according to police. 

On the scene of the crash, police found two passengers in the BMW — one of those passengers was later proncounced deceased at a nearby hospital. 

Authorities have not released his identity. 

The other passenger, a 17-year-old boy, suffered non-life threatening injures. Police say he will be booked in the Santa Clara Juvenile Hall on burglary and attempted burglary charges. 

The driver of the Lexus was also injured, but is expected to survive, police say. 

The driver of the BMW has not been arrested or identified. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants. 

Those with information on the ordeal are asked to contact the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4654.

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