EUGENE, Ore. - A man and a woman died when a speeding teen driver fleeing state police ran a red light and hit a pickup and a Eugene police car.
Police estimate the chase lasted 43 seconds.
Richard Lee Taylor, 62, of Eugene and a 43-year-old woman died later at the hospital. Her identity has not yet been released pending notification of her family.
Police did not expect to be able to release the woman's identity until Friday or Saturday at the earliest to provide time for family to inform her children.
Police arrested Emmanuel Herrara-Gutierrez, 16, after he was treated and released from the hospital. He is being held in juvenile criminal detention on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of assault.
Officer Michael Klews would like to talk to anyone who has information about this case. His number is (541) 682-5138.
The crash happened around 12:32 a.m. at the intersection of West 11th and Bertelsen.
Eugene Police Department Recruit Officer Joshua Sundquist, with passenger Field Training Officer Kyle Evans, were stopped or stopping at westbound W. 11th just before Bertelsen when the patrol car was also struck by Herrara-Gutierrez's Nissan.
Officer Sundquist was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released with non life-threatening injuries. He was in the area unrelated to the chase.
'Estimated right now to be approximately 43 seconds'
The incident started moments earlier when a state trooper pulled over the Nissan on Beltline Road after clocking the driver driving 105 miles per hour.
As the trooper exited his cruiser and approached the car, the Nissan sped off and ran a red light.
Less than a minute later, the driver ran a second red light at Bertlesen and slammed broadside into a Chevy S10 pickup.
"Total length of time of pursuit is estimated right now to be approximately 43 seconds, so it wasn't a very long event at all," Capt. Rich Stronach from the Eugene Police Department said.
The impact ejected both people in the truck from the rig.
Herrara-Gutierrez has no valid driver's license, Stronach said. The vehicle is registered to the Churchill High School student's family.
At least one of the two vehicles also hit a Eugene patrol car that was in the area but not involved in the traffic stop or chase.
The Nissan driver, the two passengers in the pickup and a Eugene police officer were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police confirmed mid-morning Wednesday that the people in the pickup had died.
Police closed the intersection for eight hours to take measurements and investigate the crash.
Per Oregon State Police policy, all pursuits are reviewed through the chain of command, Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police said.
"We look to see if there were any violations of our policy, anything that we need to consider for future training and to determine if there are any lessons learned."
Troopers have authority to terminate a pursuit if they feel it's not safe.
"We are not shy about terminating a pursuit, and we have done so in many cases," Hastings said. "Unfortunately, and our condolences go out to the families that are affected by this - but this is short in duration compared to many. It took, according to EPD, about 43 seconds from the moment that it left the scene of the attempted traffic stop to where the collision occurred."