PASADENA -- An 11-year-old Daly City boy was one of two victims killed in Pasadena on Christmas Day when an SUV full of suspects being chased by police struck his family's van at high speed, the Los Angeles County coroner said Thursday.
The young victim, identified as Kendrick Ng, had just left an ice-skating rink¿ with his mother, Irene Ng, 52; father, Kenric Ng, 49; cousin, Tracey Noelle M. Ong Tan, 25; and 16-year-old sister, who is not being named because she is a minor, Pasadena police Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls said. The family climbed into the minivan and set off for a holiday gathering with Ong Tan's family, but they never arrived.
The minivan was struck by a silver SUV as it came barreling around the corner of Maple Street and North Marengo Avenue with police shortly behind, officials said.
Kendrick Ng and Ong Tan, who lived in neighboring Glendale, were pronounced dead at the scene. Ong Tan would have celebrated her 26th birthday on Dec. 31.
Kendrick's mother, father and sister were taken to local hospitals for treatment of moderate injuries, Qualls said. Kenric Ng was released from the hospital that evening; his wife and daughter remain in the hospital in stable condition.
Kendrick, who was in sixth grade at Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City, was frequently lauded as a star student in the school's newsletter distributed to students' families. School officials were not immediately available for comment Thursday during the Christmas holiday.
Chase ends in tragedy
The suspects involved in the chase that prompted the fatal collision were identified as Jayda Mays, 18, of Pasadena; Brittany Washington, 21, of Los Angeles; Darrell Williams, 22, of Pasadena; and Demauria Hannah, 22, of Pasadena, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. All four suspects were treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. It was not immediately clear who was driving the SUV.
The chase began after officers attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation about a mile north of the crash scene at Marengo Avenue and Claremont Street, police said. The suspect vehicle sped off and police followed with lights and sirens.
A loaded handgun was thrown from the window shortly before the SUV struck the victims' vehicle while trying to make a left turn, Qualls said.
The speed at which the SUV collided with the minivan would be determined through analysis of the wreckage, Qualls said. The crash is being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section.
The pursuit took place just under a mile from the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, where detectives were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another critically wounded about 9 a.m., officials said.
While no concrete link between the two incidents has been established, police continued their investigation Thursday, Qualls said.
Though media reports indicated the SUV may have matched the description of one involved in the fatal shooting, Qualls said that as far as he knew, the vehicle was only being pursued for traffic violations.
Police pursuit policy
The Pasadena Police Department's policy regarding vehicle chases "gives some latitude to the officers involved in the pursuit," Qualls said.
A pursuing officer may cancel a pursuit at his or her discretion, and ranking officers such as sergeants or lieutenants may cancel a pursuit as well if they believe it's too dangerous. In the wake of Wednesday's double-fatal collision, department administrators would monitor the investigation.
"We're going to examine the actions of the officers. We're going to examine the actions of the suspects," Qualls said.
Upon completion of the investigation, he added, administrators will look into whether any revision to the department's pursuit policy is appropriate.
The case will be brought to the District Attorney's office Friday morning to be charged, Qualls said. Mays, Hannah and Washington are being held in lieu of $1 million bail each pending their initial court appearances, according to county booking records. Williams is being held without bail.
The Pasadena Star-News contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at firstname.lastname@example.org.