ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Rochester Police are investigating a fatal crash that involved a stolen vehicle. One person was killed and two others treated for life-threating injuries. Four are in custody.
The occupants of the stolen vehicle attempted to flee after being spotted by a RPD. Although the officer did not engage in a pursuit, the stolen car took off at high-rated speed and t-boned a passing vehicle.
In that vehicle was a man and a woman, who were rushed to URMC Medical Center. The woman was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. The man still faces life-threatening injuries.
Rochester Police Department Captain Frank Umbrino said the victim was around 30-years-old.
“This is possibly one of the worst scenes I have seen in a very long time,” Capt. Umbrino said. “The force of the impact was incredible. Out of the four suspects, at least two of them were in jail less than a month ago. One on a felony drug charge, one on a stolen car charge. Both were released from custody.”
One of the four arrested was caught in three additional stolen vehicles since 2019. He was given an appearance ticket after being found in a stolen car with drug possession last month.
Another was also arrested in September for being in a stolen vehicle and was issued an appearance ticket, according to RPD. A third suspect had three warrants from three different enforcement agencies.
Authorities are still working to identify the victims involved in the deadly crash.
The incident took place on Seward and Whittlesea Street around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Impact from the crash sent the vehicle at least 100 yards off the road, striking a utility pole.
All four occupants of the stolen vehicle are also being being treated for injuries at URMC. Two were ejected from the vehicle and one remains in critical condition.
Road access to Seward and Whittlesey Street has since been re-opened to the public. The roads in the area were closed for an extended period of time. Several ambulances assisted in the crash.
RPD continue to investigate the crash. Anyone with additional information is urged to call 911.
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