Two alleged gang members, a male and a female, who led Pasadena police on a brief chase on Christmas Day that ended in a fatal crash, killing two people, were charged today with murder and other counts, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Darrell Lee Williams, 22, and Brittany Michellle Washington, 21, are scheduled to be arraigned today at Pasadena Superior Court, said Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3.1 million for Williams and $2.1 million for Washington.
Williams allegedly was driving a silver Dodge Durango with Washington in the front passenger seat and two other people inside when it failed stop for police. A brief high-speed chase ended when the SUV slammed into a van near the Foothill (210) Freeway ramp and Marengo Avenue. Killed on impact were van passengers Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City. Three other passengers were seriously injured.
Prosecutors declined to charge two passengers riding in the fleeing SUV.
Williams, of Pasadena, and Washington, of Los Angeles, were charged with two counts each of murder, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, one count each of felon in possession of a firearm. The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.
If convicted, they each face up to life in state prison.