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* Bernardino Cuevas crashed and killed a 15-year-old while running from CHP

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A 15-year-old girl who was ejected from her mother’s sedan when it was T-boned by a man fleeing the California Highway Patrol in San Jose on Tuesday has died, a San Jose police spokesman said.The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. at the intersection of East San Fernando and South 10th streets, Officer Jose Garcia said.The girl passed away at a hospital at about 11 a.m. today, Garcia said.Her 35-year-old mother, who was driving the family’s red Mitsubishi Mirage, suffered moderate facial injuries and was taken to a hospital. She has since been released and is doing well, Garcia said.The woman’s 12-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter were sitting in the back seat. Both the 12-year-old, who suffered critical injuries, and the 6-year-old are in stable condition today, Garcia said. The fire department used the Jaws of Life to cut through the roof of the car and extricate the children, Garcia said.The suspect, Bernardino Cuevas, 24, has been booked into Santa
Clara County’s main jail on charges of felony evasion of an officer and felony hit-and-run, Garcia said. He was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for a parole violation, he said.Cuevas had allegedly been fleeing CHP officers, who tried to pull him over for a traffic violation, in a black four-door Honda Civic, according to Garcia.After the crash, Cuevas ran away but CHP officers were able to chase him down, Garcia said.Cuevas and his passenger, a 24-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The woman suffered minor to moderate injuries in the crash and was treated and released, Garcia said. Cuevas was taken to jail upon his release from the hospital. The Police Department’s traffic investigation unit is handling the crash investigation, which could take up to several months, Garcia said. The CHP is investigating whether the officer who chased the Honda was acting within the CHP’s pursuit protocol, Garcia said.

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