Midtown Sacramento Street Closed for Hours after Police Pursuit Ends in Fatal Crash

SACRAMENTO -- A section of 18th street in midtown Sacramento was closed for around six hours early Monday morning following a police pursuit that ended in a fatal crash.

Around 2:30 a.m., a CHP officer tried to stop a suspected DUI driver in a white BMW. When the driver would not stop the officer chased after, leading to a pursuit through midtown.

The officers lost sight of the BMW after it accelerated and turned off its headlights as it turned onto 18th Street.

Moments later, officers encountered a traffic collision and discovered the driver of the BMW had sped through a stop sign near I and 18th streets, causing a crash involving four other vehicles.

The BMW first struck a gray Infinity, causing major injuries to the occupant. The BMW then lost control and collided with a parked car which then damaged two other parked cars, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Infinity was taken to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was 28.

The victim's identity will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office once his next of kin have been notified.

The Sacramento Police Department reports an area surrounding I street between 17th and 19th streets was closed for the investigation. The scene was cleared around 9:45 a.m.

The driver of the BMW, identified by the CHP as 41-year-old Ivan Dimov, of Antelope, was arrested at the scene and taken to the hospital with major injuries.

Dimov is being charged with felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and evading a peace officer that resulted in serious bodily harm.

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