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California Briefing

Woodland Hills

Man arrested in fatal police chase

September 28, 2009|Ari B. Bloomekatz

A 26-year-old man was held without bail Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian during a high-speed police pursuit that began on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills, authorities said.

The pursuit began shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday when a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over Hector Vidal, who was driving a 2002 Cadillac sedan on the southbound 101 Freeway, said Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman.

Vidal did not stop but fled "at a high rate of speed," and a pursuit ensued, Eisenman said. Vidal got off the freeway and the chase moved to Ventura Boulevard, where he struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk near the intersection of Don Pio Drive, Eisenman said.

The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

Vidal rear-ended a vehicle on Ventura Boulevard and kept driving, police said.

The chase ended after his car struck a fence near Valley Circle Boulevard. At one point, a CHP officer fired at Vidal, but he was not struck, Eisenman said. No other details of the shooting were released.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, October 03, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction
Police pursuit: A news brief in Monday's Section A on a high-speed police pursuit in Woodland Hills after a pedestrian was struck and killed in a crosswalk said Los Angeles police identified the suspect as Hector Vidal, 26. Police later said the suspect arrested in the pursuit was Kelly Keller, 28.

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