Passenger in stolen car killed after police halt pursuit

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — Authorities say a Ricardo J. Rodriguez, 20,  in a car that was reported stolen has been killed in a Topeka crash after police called off a pursuit.

Police said in a news release that an officer attempted to stop the speeding car around 5:20 .am. Monday, about an hour after receiving a report that the vehicle had been stolen at gunpoint.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the officer lost sight of the vehicle and ended the pursuit. But a separate officer then observed the stolen vehicle being driven at a high rate of speed before it crashed into a pickup truck.

Police said in the release that officers weren’t in pursuit of the car at the time of the crash.

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