Suspect dies in two-car crash

A sus­pec­ted car thief died after he ran a stop sign and crashed in­to a U-Haul truck at a Castor Gar­dens in­ter­sec­tion on Sat­urday, po­lice said.

Po­lice have iden­ti­fied the ill-fated mo­tor­ist only as a man in his 20s. Shortly be­fore 9 a.m. on Sat­urday, he was driv­ing a sil­ver 2010 Mazda west­bound on Prin­ceton Av­en­ue when he dis­reg­arded a stop sign at Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue and crashed in­to a south­bound 2007 Ford U-Haul truck, po­lice said. Both vehicles came to rest in a nearby res­id­en­tial yard.

Para­med­ics pro­nounced the Mazda driver dead at the scene. The U-Haul driver, a 34-year-old man, was taken to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter in stable con­di­tion with com­plaints of head, back and chest pain. No pas­sen­gers were in­volved in the crash.

About 45 minutes after the crash, a wo­man con­tac­ted po­lice to re­port that she woke up to dis­cov­er that her car had been stolen from a park­ing spot near her home. It was the same 2010 Mazda. ••

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