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UPDATE: May 28, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Deadly Police Chase

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 12-year-old girl has died after a man fleeing from police crashed his car into a van the girl was riding in.

The crash happened Tuesday evening in the 1100 block of E. Preston Street, when Baltimore City Police say they were pursuing a man driving a Ford sedan who is a person of interest in a homicide.

Witnesses say the sedan ran a red light and crashed into a minivan carrying a woman and two children. Police say 12-year-old Shanizya Taft was cut out of the car by firefighters but later died at the hospital.

Taft’s mother and another child suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The man driving the fleeing Ford ran into nearby woods following the crash and remains at large. Witnesses say he was injured and bleeding as he left the scene.

He is a person of interest in the killing of a 16-year-old in southwest Baltimore on Monday, according to the Baltimore Sun. Authorities had been looking for a white Ford vehicle taken during the crime.

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