Prosecutors are charging the driver and his front-seat passenger with murder in the police pursuit crash that killed two people in Pasadena on Christmas day. Friday's arraignment was delayed, and is now set for January 7. Janet Zappala reports from Pasadena for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2012.
A man and woman were charged Friday in a Christmas Day pursuit crash in Pasadena that killed two family members in a minivan.
Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michelle Washington, 21, were charged with murder. The alleged gang members face arraignment Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Pasadena Superior Court.
Williams was allegedly driving a Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle Tuesday with Washington in the front seat and two other passengers. After a traffic violation, Williams failed to stop for police and led officers on a brief pursuit that ended with a crash near the 210 Freeway and Marengo Avenue, according to prosecutors.
Tracey Ong Tan (pictured, below), 25, of Glendale, and relative Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City -- both passengers in the minivan -- were killed in the crash. Three other minivan passengers suffered serious injuries.
Three other passengers - all Ng relatives - suffered injuries. They are Kenric Ng, 49, Irene Ng, 52 and a 16-year-old, all from Daly City. The family's godfather, Dennis O'Connor told NBC Bay Area that the family was in Southern California for Christmas.
Williams, a Pasadena resident, and Washington, of Los Angeles, were charged with two counts each of murder, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of felon in possession of a firearm.
Family members of Williams and Washington were at the courthouse Friday morning.
"He's not a gang member, nobody in the car was a gang member," said Colyna Windbush, Williams' mother.
"My daughter is not a killer," said Michael Washington, Washington's father.
The crash occurred hours after the shooting death of Victor McClinton, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee and youth sports coach described by friends and residents as a "mentor" and beloved member of the community. Another man was wounded in the shooting.
Police were attempting to determine whether the vehicle involved in a crash that killed two people late Tuesday was the same vehicle described by shooting witnesses. Also, investigators retrieved a firearm discarded during the chase, according to a police statement.
Ballistics tests, which might require weeks to complete, will help determine whether the gun was used in both incidents.
"We have parts of the puzzle but we are looking to put all that together so that we could ultimately identify the persons responsible," Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said Thursday.
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