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Driver of Stolen Vehicle Dies After Hitting Tree on PCH

KTLA News

8:29 AM EST, December 9, 2011

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TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) -- The driver of a stolen car died after crashing at the end of a short pursuit early Friday morning, Torrance police said.

At around 2:15 a.m. Friday, Torrance officers came across a red Volvo station wagon that had been reported stolen.

They attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the female driver refused to stop.

She led officers on a pursuit that lasted only about two minutes, but reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, police said.

The pursuit ended when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree in the 2600 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner had to extricate the woman's body form the car.

Police have not released her identity.

There was no one else inside the vehicle.

PCH was closed at Crenshaw Boulevard while police investigated.