Seven killed as car chased by police runs a stop sign

By Calvin Palmer

A stolen car being chased by police ran a stop sign and plowed into a pickup truck southeast of Fresno, killing four children in and all three occupants of the car, police said yesterday.

The four children were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown from the GMC Sierra truck, California Highway Patrol Officer Felipe Martinez said.

The Dodge Neon car was stolen either late on Friday or early Saturday in Selma, about 10 miles from the scene of the crash in Dinuba.

The children killed were Jochelyn Grace Salazar, 7; Monique Janae Salazar, 4; Michael Alexander Salazar, 3; and Sienna Rose Salazar, 1.

A fifth child from the truck, Carlos Eric Salazar, 8, was airlifted to Community Regional Hospital in Fresno with major injuries

Their parents, Carlos Salazar, Jr, 29, and Jennifer Salazar, 26, were also injured and taken to Community Regional.

 The three men in the car have not been identified. None of them was carrying identification, Martinez said.

[Based on reports by the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.]

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