Driver Dies During Police Pursuit near Merrill and Spruce Avenues
RIALTO, CA (February 14, 2022) – David Danik Smith was killed in a police pursuit in Rialto on Thursday evening.
The accident happened around 12:25 p.m. on February 10 near Merrill Avenue and Spruce Avenue. According to the Rialto Police Department, the chase began after a motorcycle officer attempted to pull over an Infiniti Q50 sedan for speeding.
Smith, a 26-year-old San Bernardino resident, initially pulled over but when the officer approached the vehicle, he immediately took off.
Police chased after the vehicle and at one point Smith tried to hit a second motorcycle officer with his car. Police continued the pursuit until Smith ran a red light at the intersection of Rialto and Cactus avenues.
Smith’s car crashed into four other vehicles. He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. Inside his crashed vehicle, police recovered a stolen firearm and illegal drugs.
According to police, Smith was on parole for a previous felony conviction for evading police.
An investigation into this fatality is ongoing.
Our condolences to the family and friends of David Smith.
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