The driver of a truck involved in a high-speed police chase in El Cajon, California, was killed when the truck crashed into a tree. When police searched the truck, they reportedly discovered the body of a dead woman inside the vehicle.
Around 9:45 p.m. on May 13, El Cajon police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at a home in the city's East County only to see a man driving away in a red Mazda truck as they arrived, NBC 7 reported.
Police tried to pull the suspect over around 9:55 p.m., but he refused to stop and sped away from them, running a red light. At that point, deputies shared a description of the suspect and his truck to surrounding agencies, and a police pursuit began.
Around 10:03 p.m., a deputy with the San Diego Police Department in Santee, California, spotted the vehicle and gave chase. After running another red light, the speeding truck headed south back into El Cajon.
The driver eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree in the road's center median. He died at the scene of the accident.
When police looked inside his truck, they made a second grisly discovery – the body of a woman, also dead. Paramedics at the scene told polic they believed the woman had been dead prior to the crash and that her death was suspicious.
Police have not released the name of the driver or of the 41-year-old woman. The investigation into the cause of the woman's death is ongoing.
Residents of the apartment building in El Cajon where the man lived said he moved in with a woman before she was evicted.
Colleen Thornton, one of the man's neighbors, told NBC 7 that she frequently heard "noisy fighting" coming from the apartment.
"From neighbors I've heard that he showed up [Friday] night, and he told another neighbor he had a dead body in the car," Thornton said.
According to neighbors, the 54-year-old crash victim was a father.
Domestic violence accounted for 11 percent all reported and unreported cases of violence between 1998 and 2002, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. During that time period, women constituted 73 percent of all domestic violence victims and 84 percent of spousal violence victims.