Christmas night a woman and a child died in a Pasadena car accident that hospitalized two others in the same vehicle. Authorities arrested the four suspects that caused the accident and found that they were allegedly connected to an earlier shooting that left another person dead and one wounded.

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A typical traffic stop after a violation turned into a full persecution of a sports utility vehicle near the scene of shooting on Tuesday. Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema told the LA Times blog that right after asking the vehicle to stop, it sped off, leading the officers in pursuit.

The pursuit came to an immediate halt about 8:15 p.m. when it entered Marengo Avenue and Maple Street near the 210 Freeway. It crashed into a minivan.

“The vehicle took off at a high rate of speed and blew a red light on Maple and hit a minivan with four people in it,” Hettema told the news source.

On impact a 26-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy in the van were killed.

When emergency officials reached the scene they helped extricate and load two more victims from the van into an emergency vehicle that rushed them to the hospital. Authorities have yet to release the identities of the victims or the condition of the injured.

“Everyone in the suspect vehicle was taken into custody,” Hettema said.

Identities of the suspects were released, however. There were two women and two men in SUV: Jayda Amays, 18-years-old; Brittany Washington, 21-years-old; Darrell William, 22-years-old; and DeMauria Hannah, 22-years-old.

Sgt. Greg Afsharian of the Pasadena Police Department allegedly stated that all four of the suspects were arrested on suspicion of murder. But because the airbags in their vehicle deployed, they were first transferred to the hospital as a precaution.

Authorities are investigating the suspects to determine their connection to a shooting that occurred at 11 a.m. in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue near Wyoming Street. That shooting left one person dead and another critically wounded.

“They were being stopped for a traffic violation, but units were looking for suspects in the area,” Hettema said. “They were in the area of the homicide, and running from police in the area makes it look like they wanted to get away for a reason.”

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