CSUN student killed in early morning pursuit collision involving robbery suspect


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Jay Kuklin, Government Desk Editor

An innocent driver identified as a CSUN student was killed Thursday morning in a high-speed collision involving suspects caught in a police chase.

According to his family, 19-year-old Erick Barbosa-Guardado was going home from his night shift at a Marshalls department store in Granada Hills at the time of the accident.

A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said the chase commenced at around 12:30 a.m., following an SUV suspected to be in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Wednesday. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop at White Oak Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, the vehicle fled with officers in pursuit.

The SUV, carrying two suspects, fled for less than a mile when they ran a red light heading west on Roscoe, colliding into Barbosa-Guardado’s car traveling southbound on Lindley Avenue.

Barbosa-Guardado was pronounced dead at the scene. The force of the high-speed impact left both vehicles severely damaged.

The suspect driver attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was taken into custody as a loaded rifle was recovered from the vehicle.

The second suspect also fled on foot, but remains at large. A description of the person is not available.