Note: The headline in this article has been updated. It previously read “girl” instead of “child,” which was incorrect. At present, the child’s identity has not been released.
Earlier today, January 18, at around 3:22pm, a stolen vehicle was seen heading west on East Calaveras Boulevard, east of North Park Victoria Drive. A local Milpitas Police officer spotted the car, which had been reported stolen to the San Jose Police Department. The car previously played a role in an armed robbery in San Jose, which involved the use of a handgun.
A second officer was also nearby as the stolen vehicle passed.
The stolen car hung a quick right turn, heading northbound on North Park Victoria. Police presume the turn happened because the driver noticed the police and then reacted.
No attempt was made by police to pursue or stop the vehicle.
Soon another officer turned up nearby, in a response to a call about the stolen vehicle having hit a 7-year-old child at North Park Victoria and Kennedy Drive. The child had been biking before the collision. The car then continued northward. The new officer attempted to administer aid to the child as the paramedics and fire department were en route.
Soon the stolen vehicle was spotted again, this time by an officer near North Park Victoria and Nicklaus Avenue. The driver, a woman from San Jose (36), got out of the car and began to run. But police were able to apprehend her easily.
However, another person was in the car: a blonde male of unknown race with glasses and a hat. This individual got into the driver’s seat and sped away. The car rode north on the 680 and was pursued by police up into Fremont, at which point it got away.
The 7-year-old victim died at a local hospital.
The Milpitas Police Department said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young child’s family and our community. We are all deeply impacted by the senseless and tragic loss of life.”
The suspect car is a white 2015 Lexus R350 SUV. It has a California License Plate numbered 7KTA363.