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Briana Berroya Driver Arrested After Alleged Crash While Fleeing Police Kills Motorcyclist in San Jose

A San Jose resident was arrested after allegedly hitting and killing a motorcyclist head-on while fleeing police in an allegedly stolen car in South San Jose on Monday evening, police said today. San Jose police tried to pull over a black Volkswagen Passat driven by 27-year-old Briana Berroya for a vehicle code violation around 7 p.m. at Monterey and Old Tully roads, near the Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Berroya allegedly sped north on Monterey Road into oncoming traffic and away from the officer, who did not pursue the vehicle.

A few seconds later, Berroya crashed head-on with the southbound motorcyclist, identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office as 47-year-old Miguel Rodriguez of San Jose. Rodriguez died at the scene. It was the 22nd fatal collision of the year on San Jose city streets.

Berroya was booked into the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, evading police and possession of drugs and a stolen vehicle.

The suspect is being held on $255,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call San Jose police Detective Brian McMahon at (408) 277-4654.

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