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Man accused of setting off deadly chase in custody

68-year-old woman killed, officer hurt in crash

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police have detained a man who they said led officers on a high-speed chase Monday that ended with a woman dead and a police officer injured.

Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said the man who is accused of stealing a car would be identified Wednesday.

"Detectives will now conduct interviews and determine charges, if applicable," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the man stole a blue BMW just after 11 p.m. from the area of 74th Street and Collins Avenue while the owner was inside a store.

Police said officers were pursuing the man shortly before midnight Monday at at 76th Street and Byron Avenue when one of the officers collided with a car driven by Ivonne Reyes. The 68-year-old woman was killed in the crash and the officer was seriously hurt.

Ivonne Reyes, 68, was killed after her car was struck during a police chase.
Ivonne Reyes, 68, was killed after her car was struck during a police chase.

Paramedics took the officer to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

The stolen car was later spotted by other officers and followed into Surfside, where the BMW rammed into two police cruisers and sped away. 

Reyes' neighbors posted a note of condolences Tuesday in her condominium lobby, just two blocks from where she was killed.