Two suspected auto thieves died early this morning after crashing a stolen vehicle during a high-speed chase across the Bay Bridge
Officer Sean Wilkenfeld tells us that California Highway Patrol officers spotted a BMW traveling north on I-880 near Seventh Street in Oakland at about 3 a.m. this morning. The cops said the early '90s BMW had just been reported stolen out of San Francisco.
The officers attempted to stop the driver, who hit the gas pedal and took police on a dangerous on a fatal ride across the Bay Bridge.
"They were going 50 mph and continued through the toll plaza, then on the incline, the vehicle accelerated to over 100 mph," Wilkenfeld says.
The suspects took the Fifth Street exit where they lost control and crashed into the off-ramp. The car went up into flames. The male driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. The unknown passenger was also pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have closed down the Fifth Street ramp into San Francisco this morning while they collect evidence, which means traffic on the Bay Bridge will be slow through the morning commute They plan to re-open the ramp at about 10 a.m., Wilkenfeld says.