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* Chinook Bacon 17-Year-Old Arraigned On Murder Charge Of Fatal Crash Killing Barbara Mitchell

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A 17-year-old Oakland boy was arraigned today on murder charges for allegedly crashing a stolen car into another vehicle and killing a 66-year-old woman last Thursday.Chinook Bacon, who has been charged as an adult, is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and auto theft.Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert McGuiness referred Bacon to the public defender’s office to see if it will represent him and ordered him to return to court Wednesday afternoon. Bacon is being held in custody without bail.According to Oakland police, Bacon was driving a stolen 1991 Toyota Camry when two gang suppression unit officers tried to stop him on 62nd Avenue in East Oakland at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.Bacon was driving side-to-side “in a sideshow manner,” according to Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers, who filed the charges against Bacon.Police said Bacon refused to pull over and instead sped through two stop signs and then collided with a Saturn at 62nd Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.Barbara Mitchell, who was sitting in the Saturn’s right front passenger seat, was killed and the Saturn’s driver and another passenger were hospitalized but survived.Police said Bacon suffered only minor injuries in the crash.Three passengers in the Toyota, who are ages 14, 18 and 19, were also injured in the crash. None of them has been charged.Rogers said Bacon admitted to police that he was driving at least 80 to 85 miles per hour and witnesses said he may have been driving as fast as 100 miles per hour.Rogers said Bacon also admitted that he had been smoking marijuana before the crash and that he knew the car was stolen and was speeding to flee from police.McGuiness ordered Bacon to have “no contact whatsoever” with the owner of the stolen Toyota Camry.Several of Mitchell’s family members and friends attended Bacon’s brief hearing today but they declined to speak to reporters.A man and woman who identified themselves as Bacon’s father and mother attended the hearing but also declined to say much and declined to give their names.In the hallway outside the courtroom, the woman who said she was Bacon’s mother exclaimed, “My child is better than that” and said she thinks police arrested the wrong person.The woman also said she doesn’t want Bacon to be represented by the public defender’s office and wants him to be represented by a private attorney.

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