PASADENA (December 15, 2013) A fleeing shoplifter killed a mother and injured a teenage girl in a traffic crash as she fled from a Walmart store in Pasadena from where she had stolen a Hello Kitty purse, police said.
The shoplifter pushed a security guard to the ground at around 1 a.m. Sunday and fled into the parking lot where she got into a pickup truck, Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell said.
As she sped off, ran a red light and smashed into a car in the intersection.
Mitchell said the mother driving the car was killed instantly.
The teenage girl was airlifted to an area hospital.
The shoplifter was arrested and charges were pending Sunday.
Mitchell did not identify either the shoplifter or the woman who was killed.