Woman killed in crash with police SUV; 2 officers hurt
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A young woman was killed and a young man and two Richmond police officers were injured in a crash that occurred while the officers were responding to a call, officials said Friday.
The crash happened late Thursday night as the officers were headed to a home where a burglary in progress had been reported, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said at a news conference. The home was about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the crash site.
It was not immediately clear who had the right-of-way, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Both vehicles entered an intersection around the same time and collided, Smith said.
The officers, who were in a marked Ford Explorer, had authorization to run their blue lights and sirens but it wasn’t clear yet whether they were engaged, Smith said.
A woman, 19, who was a passenger in a Buick sedan that collided with the Explorer, died. She was not immediately identified pending notification of her family.
The Buick’s driver, an 18-year-old male, was “fighting for his life,” Smith said.
The police SUV was knocked off the road into poles, the newspaper reported. Both officers have serious head injuries and are in stable but serious condition, Smith said.
A crash team from the department is investigating.