One dead, one seriously injured after chaotic ride
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By Dave Williams  August 2, 2013 12:00 am

A dangerous ride on a stolen vehicle resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Rohnert Park man on Sunday night.

Jose Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene after being crushed between a retaining wall protecting a water connection and an SUV on one of Rohnert Park’s busiest roadways. 

Officers from the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public safety responded to a water-flow alarm at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Southwest Boulevard when they found a fire department water connection torn off by a Chevy Tahoe.

According to a public safety report, Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez, 26, stole his brother’s Chevy Tahoe from outside his residence on Anson Avenue. As he was backing up, the owner of the vehicle, his brother Jose Sanchez, jumped onto the driver’s side of the vehicle, as it was moving down the road. Emmanuel Sanchez-Martinez’s other brother, Edgar Sanchez-Martinez, jumped onto the passenger side outside the vehicle. 

Despite his brothers clinging to the exterior of the vehicle, Emmanuel continued westbound on Southwest Boulevard at a high rate of speed, according to the report. Per statements garnered through the RPDPS investigation, the speeds were so fast the Jesse and Edgar’s lives were in danger. Emmanuel continued west on Southwest Boulevard until he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the retaining wall, throwing Edgar Sanchez-Martinez 50 feet and leaving him with serious injuries.

As one brother lay dead and the other badly hurt, Emmanuel exited the vehicle and fled south on foot through the parking lot of 121 Southwest Blvd., according to witnesses.

Emmanuel remains at large and is wanted for questioning. Officers from Santa Rosa and Petaluma also processed the scene.

RPDPS encourages anyone with information to call Officer Ryan Foiles at (707) 588-3507.

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