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Father and daughter killed in California auto collision

Two teenage boys -- who happen to be twins -- and one other man recently led police in California on a high-speed chase. The chase ended in an auto collision. A father and his daughter suffered severe injuries in the crash, which they did not survive.

The incident began when police were searching for burglary suspects. They located a vehicle occupied by three men, which police believe could have been the suspected burglars. When officers attempted to approach the men, the driver of the vehicle aimed it at the officers. Fortunately, the officers were able to move out of the vehicle's path uninjured.

Not surprisingly, a chase ensued. The suspect vehicle ultimately crashed, and the three men fled. The twins reportedly stole a pickup truck, and the chase continued at speed near 100 mph. Eventually, the suspects slammed into the unsuspecting man and his daughter. Reports indicate that at least two law enforcement officers were injured in the chase also.

The two teenagers were eventually taken into custody after police canvassed the neighborhood with their guns drawn. One of the twins required medical attention. Authorities say they will both be charged with homicide. They will most likely face other charges as well.

Meanwhile, a family has lost not only one member, but two in this senseless auto collision. The family retains the right to file wrongful death claims seeking compensatory and other damages allowed under California law. Those claims may include more defendants than just the driver of the vehicle that hit them. Some questions could arise as to the wisdom of law enforcement officials conducting a pursuit that reached nearly 100 mph.

Source: kcra.com, "Twin brothers arrested in Antelope manhunt, crash", Sarah Heise, April 3, 2014

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