2 charged with murder in Pasadena police pursuit crash on Christmas Day

Pasadena fatal police pursuit

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Two people were killed when an SUV being pursued by police crashed into a minivan in Pasadena Christmas night.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have filed murder charges against two people who allegedly led Pasadena police on a brief chase Christmas Day that ended in a crash, killing a woman and an 11-year-old boy.

Darrell Williams and Brittany Washington, who are both alleged to be gang members, were charged Friday. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Authorities say Williams was driving an SUV with Washington and two other passengers when he failed to stop for police. Williams sped away and the SUV slammed into a van filled with five people.

Tracey Ongtan of Glendale and 11-year-old Kendrick Ng of Daly City were killed, and three others were injured.

Prosecutors declined to charge the two other passengers riding in the SUV.

Pasadena police are still investigating if the group had any connection to the fatal shooting of Victor McClinton, 49. He died Christmas morning outside his Pasadena home while greeting holiday visitors. The chase and crash took place near his house.

Police believe McClinton, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department technician, was an innocent by-stander caught between a gunman and another person who was the target.

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