Several police officers gather and converse at the scene of a nighttime collision. One officer is holding their head, while others are engaged in discussion. Debris is scattered on the road, and police tape is visible in the background."
Vallejo police investigate the aftermath of a fatal vehicle pursuit on July 6, 2024 in Vallejo, Calif. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

A Vallejo traffic stop turned into a deadly chase early Saturday morning, killing one person and sending five others to the hospital.

The incident began when Vallejo police tried to stop a gray Mercedes near Sonoma Boulevard and Lemon Street for an alleged traffic violation around 12:54 a.m. on July 6. The driver fled, leading police on a roughly two-mile chase, according to dispatch audio.

A car with severe front-end damage is seen at night in the middle of an intersection, with debris scattered around. Police officers and emergency responders are at the scene. A gas station is visible in the background with illuminated signs and barricades set up around the area.
A Mercedes fleeing Vallejo police struck this Subaru Outback at the intersection of Tennessee Street and Sonoma Boulevard Saturday, causing it to burst into flames. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

The pursuit ended less than 90 seconds later when the Mercedes, traveling at roughly 75 mph, collided with a blue Subaru Outback near the intersection of Tennesse Street and Sonoma Boulevard. The impact killed a passenger in the Mercedes and caused the Subaru to burst into flames.

Vallejo police and fire personnel rendered medical aid to the occupants of the two vehicles, according to a statement released by Vallejo police Saturday afternoon. Officers found at least one firearm in the Mercedes, according to dispatch audio. Five people were transported to local hospitals.

A police officer holding a flare and a plastic bag is seen at the scene of a nighttime collision. Police tape and flashing lights from police cars are visible in the background, with a gas station in the distance.
Vallejo Police Ofc. Himanshu Saini places a road flare following a fatal police pursuit on July 6, 2024 in Vallejo, Calif. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

The body of the man who was killed remained under a yellow tarp more than five hours later, according to witness statements and photographs posted to social media. A traffic light left dangling after the collision had been removed as of late Saturday afternoon.

A nighttime scene of a gas station cordoned off by police tape. Multiple vehicles, including police cars with flashing lights, are present at the scene of a collision. Debris is scattered across the road, and the gas station's illuminated signs and fuel pumps are visible in the background.
A Mercedes that fled from police came to rest in front of the Royal Gas station in Vallejo following deadly a collision on July 6, 2024. (Geoffrey King / Open Vallejo)

Officials have not released the name of the man who was killed. The Solano County Major Crimes Task Force, led by the District Attorney’s Office, responded to the scene and has taken over the investigation.

In the past year, three people have been killed as individuals fled Vallejo police, and Vallejo police pursuits have led to multiple collisions, Open Vallejo research shows. Nationwide, at least 1,377 people died in police chases in 2020 and 2021, according to an investigation published this February by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Geoffrey King is the executive editor of Open Vallejo. Prior to founding Open Vallejo, Geoffrey worked as an attorney and journalist focused on free expression, open government, press freedom and privacy. He is a proud native of Vallejo, California.