Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle Being Chased by Police; Driver in Custody

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A vehicle that had been reported stolen struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday during a brief police pursuit in the south Los Angeles area, and the driver was taken into custody.

The crash was reported about 12:30 a.m. at 71st Street and Central Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Paramedics pronounced the man, in his 50s, dead at the scene, police said. Information on his identity was not immediately available.

The 42-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, police said. Her name was not immediately released.

Police had backed off of the ground pursuit a short time before the fatal crash, but were still tracking the stolen vehicle by helicopter, authorities said.

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