Police have identified the individual who died following a high-speed chase in Little Rock on Sunday afternoon.
Officers reported that they were looking for the suspect in a Saturday night shooting when they got a call from a motorist saying they had seen the suspect’s vehicle.
They found a green minivan near the corner of Kanis and John Barrow Roads, but the driver refused to stop. The individual was later identified as 40-year-old Fredrick Jones.
He fled from the officers but the pursuit was short since he crashed into the rear of a Toyota Sienna. That vehicle burst into flames at the junction of 36th Street and John Barrow Road.
Officers pulled a man from the burning vehicle and firefighters extinguished the blaze.
The victim was later identified as 62-year-old Jose Hernandez. He was rushed to Baptist Health Medical Center, but he later succumbed to his injuries.
Police say Hernandez’s wife was in the car when the crash occurred. She received only minor injuries and was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, Jones was also transported to a hospital with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening.
His passenger was taken into custody in connection with an unrelated traffic warrant.
Jones was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm and what appeared to be cocaine.
When he got out of the hospital, Jones was charged with first-degree battery, possession of a firearm, terrorist act, theft by receiving, possession of cocaine with purpose, simultaneous possession of guns and drugs, and possession of drugs paraphernalia.
While in Pulaski County Jail, Jones was served with additional warrants for murder, battery, and fleeing. Criminal charges are separate and distinct from personal injury lawsuits. If you suffered injuries in a crash or you lost a loved one, you may be able to get compensation with help from an Arkansas personal injury lawyer.