Driver, pedestrian ID'd in fatal Roseville crash | Crime
ROSEVILLE, CA - One person was killed and two injured when a man fleeing Roseville police allegedly hit a pedestrian Tuesday night.
Around 8 p.m., police got a report of a pick-up truck following too closely and screeching its tires. The truck was later spotted by officers parked across from the Placer County fairgrounds, Lt. Michael Doane said.
When officers approached the pick up on foot, police said the driver, Oleg Tarasuk, 50, of Roseville, revved his engine.
"One officer actually tried to pull the key out of the ignition but the suspect accelerated," said Doane, "The officers were just able to get away from the vehicle before being dragged."
Another officer pulling into the area tried to box the driver in, but Tarasuk reportedly pushed the patrol car into a field with his pick up and fled the scene. Two other officers attempted to chase after the suspect, but by the time they got into their vehicle to pursue, they had already lost Tarasuk.
Giving chase, they had hardly gone four blocks when they came upon a crash at Washington Boulevard and Main Street where Gregory Louis Delacampa, 26, of Roseville, was hit and killed, and another car was hit by Tarasuk, Doane said.
One witness said it appeared Delacampa was walking with his wife and was hit before he had even stepped into the street.
"He was on the sidewalk and the woman she screamed at the top of her lungs, and then she started screaming my husband, my husband!" Roseville resident Erika Wilson said. "It was very hard to witness."
It was unclear how fast Tarasuk was traveling before the crash.
The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Tarasuk was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was later released into custody and booked into Placer County Jail on $275,000 bail.
According to Doane, investigators believe alcohol was involved in the crash.
Witness Erika Wilson was so moved by what she saw that she is trying to establish a memorial fund to help the victim's family.
Jonathan Mumm contributed to this story, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell phone video of the scene provided by Alyssa Bentley.