A young Livermore woman was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a crash following a police pursuit that started in Danville and ended in San Ramon early Sunday morning, according to Danville police.
Hannah Meecham, 19, was identified as the driver who died after crashing into a tree off Camino Ramon while trying to flee police, according to Danville police chief Steve Simpkins.
Investigators later discovered the car Meecham was driving had been reported stolen from Dublin, Simpkins said in a statement.
The incident began when Danville police officers Valerie Murillo and Emily Neabeack saw a white, four-door Honda driving recklessly at 1:09 a.m. Sunday turning onto Sycamore Valley Road and hopping a curb while trying to get onto southbound Interstate 680, Simpkins said.
The two officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver -- later identified as Meecham -- failed to yield and tried to elude police, resulting in a pursuit, according to the police chief.
During the three-minute pursuit, the Honda got off the freeway onto eastbound Crow Canyon Road, then flipped a U-turn at the Iron Horse Regional Trail crossing and turned south onto Camino Ramon, Simpkins said.
The car would soon travel off Camino Ramon at a high rate of speed and strike a tree south of the Bollinger Canyon Road intersection, he added.
San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel were called to the scene and Meecham was pronounced dead on-site, Simpkins said.
Another 19-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both from Livermore, were passengers in the Honda, suffered serious injuries in the crash and were transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the police chief added. The passengers' names were not released.
During the investigation after the crash, authorities determined the Honda had been "recently stolen" from Dublin, Simpkins said.
No charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation, he added. The fatality initiated Contra Costa County Fatal Incident Protocol, and the county District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Office are overseeing the investigation.
Editor's note: In an initial statement Sunday morning, Danville police reported that the car was a two-door Honda and that one officer was involved in the initial traffic-stop attempt.