LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal car crash on a California Naval base (all times local):
Authorities say they’re investigating how a driver broke through a security gate at a Central California Navy base and crashed into a fighter jet, killing the car’s driver and passenger.
Capt. Monty Ashliman, commander at the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, said Thursday that the base was not an intended target and the two were not affiliated with the military.
Authorities say the chase began off the base late Wednesday, when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped to check on a car parked on the roadside. The car sped off, at one point going the wrong way on State Route 198 south of Fresno.
The driver eventually left the freeway, smashed through a gate at the base and hit the parked FA-18E Super Hornet.
California Highway Patrol Dave Knoff says it is unclear why the driver was running.
U.S. military officials say a wrong-way driver being chased by the California Highway Patrol crashed through a gate and into a fighter jet at Naval Air Station, Lemoore, killing the driver and a passenger.
The Navy says in a press release that the chase began late Wednesday when an officer spotted the vehicle going the wrong way on State Route 198 south of Fresno.
The driver eventually left the freeway, smashed through a gate at the base and into a parked FA-18E Super Hornet.
The passenger died at the scene. The driver died at a hospital.
Officials say the car hit the jet’s horizontal stabilizer but have not detailed the damage.
Naval Air Station, Lemoore, built in 1961, has two runways and hosts four Carrier Air Wings.