Driver of Stolen Vehicle Dies in Crash while Fleeing Police in Manteca
MANTECA, CA (February 14, 2022) – Eric Gray was killed in a police pursuit crash in Manteca last month.
The fatal crash happened on January 16, according to the Manteca Police Department. Officers were alerted to a possible stolen vehicle in the area of North Union Road and West Lathrop Road. Upon their arrival, they located a white Ford pickup that had been reported stolen.
Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.
Gray, a 35-year-old Oakdale resident, led officers westbound on West Lathrop Road at a high rate of speed. As he drove over the overpass, he struck a fixed object on the road and went down the overpass embankment.
As a result of the crash, Gray suffered major injuries and died at the scene.
At this time, an investigation into this fatality is ongoing.
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Eric Gray.
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