Two people were killed after a car collided into a military jet parked inside Lemoore Naval Air Station in California. The investigation now focuses on what happened outside the base gates that led to the deadly ending. Both have arrest warrants from out of the bay area and the driver had been arrested before in Kings County, CA, reports KFSN.
Somehow, the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee being pursued by the California Highway Patrol managed to get inside Naval Air Station Lemoore, before he crashed into the tail end of an F/A-18 jet, said officials with Naval Air Station Lemoore and the California Highway Patrol during a briefing on the incident.
The female passenger died at the scene, and the driver later died at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The Kings County Sheriff's Coroner Division identified the two as 29-year-old Anthony Raymond Castillo from Campbell, CA, and 36-year-old Melissa Marie Miller from San Jose, CA, reports KFSN.
"The pursuit was probably approximately, maybe, four minutes. It wasn't very long. It went along the public access road here at the base after the vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction. After it passed the checkpoint, our units stopped at the checkpoint to coordinate with Naval security forces at that time," Lt. Dave Knoff, CHP
It's unclear how fast he was driving near the entry control point on the west side of the base, but at one point during the pursuit speeds reached 100-miles-per-hour.
The investigation into how the driver cleared the control point is still underway, but base commander Captain Monty Ashliman said NAS Lemoore is fully operational and safe.