By CBSLA Staff

BALDWIN HILLS (CBSLA) – A woman died Saturday and two other people were hospitalized when an SUV, being pursued by police, crashed into a house in Baldwin Hills and severed a natural gas line.

SUV involved in police pursuit crashes into Baldwin Hills residence, kills 86-year-old woman.

The incident began around 1:20 a.m. when 26-year-old Eliseo Ixchopcalel rear-ended a black and white police cruiser with his vehicle at Hobart Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. When officers approached Ixchopcalel’s vehicle, he fled northbound on Western Avenue. Officers initiated a pursuit for reckless driver.

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When the suspect attempted to negotiate a southbound turn near Buckingham Road, his vehicle ran off the street and into the northeast corner of a residence, crashing into the home’s bedroom and trapping two elderly victims under his vehicle.

Paulina Zamudio lives in the home with her parents.

“And then I saw the car inside my parents’ bedroom,” she said. “I saw my dad but I couldn’t find my mom.”

Firefighters responded to the crash at 1:23 a.m. on the 3900 block of South Buckingham Road, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

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Two Los Angeles Police officers arrived on scene in an attempt to rescue two residents who were trapped inside the residence, Humphrey said. There was no fire.

The woman, 86-year-old Aida Villavicencio, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A male resident and the SUV driver were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Humphrey said.

The police officers sustained minor injuries but declined to be taken to a hospital.

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