UPDATE: 15-year-old dies in police chase

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UPDATE:  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has released the name of the teen who they say allegedly led Tuscaloosa Police on a chase. Officers say 19-year-old Kevonta O. Hayward-Jackson of Tuscaloosa was the driver of the 2000 Ford Taurus that left the road and crashed into several trees. His 15-year old female passenger died at the scene of the crash. Her name is not being released at this time.

Troopers say Hayward-Jackson was attempting to elude a Tuscaloosa Police Officer at the time of the crash which occurred on 25th Ave. NE in Tuscaloosa.

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate the crash.

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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating a deadly police chase in Tuscaloosa.

According to Tuscaloosa Police a TPD officer attempted a traffic stop on a driver who ran a stop sign on the corner of 13th Street East and 15th Avenue. Police say the driver refused to stop and continued driving along Kicker Road, north toward Jack Warner Parkway. That’s when police say the officer pursued the vehicle down 25th Avenue East.

Shortly after 4 a.m. the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a tree near the curve on Tamaha Trace. The male driver was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries. His female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  Neither the names of the driver, passenger or the officer have been released.

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency responded and are investigating the crash.

The portion of 25th Avenue East just south of the bridge by Colonial Drive and Jack Warner Parkway will remained closed while the investigation continues.

WVUA 23 News will follow this developing story and have updates as they become available.

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