Iowa Police Pursuit Ends with Death of Another Driver
A Thursday police chase in Davenport proved deadly.
Thursday afternoon, a Davenport police officer in an unmarked Dodge Charger, with lights and sirens activated, tried to stop a 1998 Lincoln Continental. The vehicle allegedly had no license plates, no tail light, and the driver and passenger were not wearing their seatbelts. Instead of pulling over, authorities say the vehicle sped away, reaching speeds between 80 and 90 miles-per-hour and running a number of red lights during the police pursuit.
At approximately 2:30 Thursday afternoon, after the Iowa State Patrol was called to assist, a trooper saw a Lincoln Continental with major damage to the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was in Kimberly Road, west of North Fairmount Street. A 2010 Chevy Equinox was in the south ditch, with severe damage to the driver's side of the vehicle. The driver of the Continental, 19-year old Angel D. Ochoa of Davenport, allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the Equinox. 48-year-old Lori A. Letts of Davenport, who was driving the Equinox, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Ochoa, and his 18-year-old passenger, Gavin Bennett, were extricated from the vehicle and taken to a Davenport hospital. Bennett was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Ochoa was treated, released, and arrested.
According to the Quad City Times, Ochoa has been charged with "homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, as well as failing to appear on a possession second charge." He's being held at the Scott County Jail.