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76-year-old grandmother killed in crash triggered by pursuit on Christmas

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76-year-old woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash triggered by a pursuit in Moreno Valley on Christmas Day, officials said Monday.

Around 4:33 p.m. Friday the California Highway Patrol became involved in a pursuit of a 2013 Nissan Frontier on the westbound State Route 60 near Perris Boulevard after the driver allegedly struck a Beaumont Police Department’s patrol vehicle, the CHP said.

The driver, identified as Simon Peter Gerard Linares, 53, of Upland, was originally wanted for a traffic violation, according to Beaumont police.

Officers said the pursuit ended when Linares struck a 2008 Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Frederick Street and Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley.

The driver and the passenger in the Toyota suffered major injuries and were transported Riverside County Regional Medical Center. The passenger, identified as Sybil Richardson, died at the hospital.

Loved ones of Richardson said they are saddened and shocked that she was killed in such a violent way.

“It’s very tragic that she would die that way,” said Jimmie Lee Richardson, the victim’s ex-husband.

The two were married for nearly 30 years, and Jimmie Lee Richardson said Sybil Richardson was a retired social worker, dedicated to helping people.

“It really hurts me to know that she’s died like that,” he said. “I never dreamed that she would die in a car.”

Linares was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment. He has been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, while intoxicated, CHP said.

The collision is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Riverside CHP Area 951-637-8000.

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