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S.L. WOMAN, 75, IS KILLED IN POLICE CHASE

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A police pursuit of a 13-year-old boy driving a stolen vehicle led to the death of a Salt Lake woman early Saturday.

Marjorie Butterfield, 75, of the Central City area, was killed when a car being chased by police plowed into the side of her vehicle about 6:45 a.m. Neighbors said the woman was likely going shopping, which she frequently did Saturday mornings.Butterfield is the third person to die in Salt Lake City this year during a police chase.

Salt Lake Police Officer Dale Bench spotted the boy driving the vehicle and he appeared "clearly underage." The driver committed some minor traffic violations and the officer ordered him to the side of the road at 300 E. Bryan Ave. (1550 South), said Lt. Dennis Tueller.

"The officer got out of his vehicle to approach and the driver took off," Tueller said.

With lights and siren activated, Bench chased the boy through residential streets at speeds up to 40 mph. The chase ended only 1 1/2 minutes later, when the boy, driving west, broadsided Butterfield's vehicle, which was southbound on 300 East in the intersection of Edith Ave. (1205 South).

"He (the boy) made no attempt to slow or yield," the lieutenant said.

Butterfield was taken to LDS Hospital, where she was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.

The 13-year-old boy, from the Fairpark area, was booked into juvenile detention for investigation of automobile homicide, auto theft and fleeing from police. A 14-year-old girl in the vehicle with him was referred to juvenile court.

Police were investigating reports that the two teens had been drinking off and on for several hours before the accident occurred. Both were treated for minor injuries. The car, a Toyota Celica, had apparently been taken from South Salt Lake.

Tueller said there are no traffic signs posted at the intersection where the accident occurred. Both vehicles were totaled during the collision.

A Pursuit Review Board will review the accident to determine if Bench was acting within departmental policy in initiating the chase. A new high-speed pursuit policy was adopted in February that allows officers to chase fleeing motorists, but only under certain circumstances.

The old policy was set aside last year after a Salt Lake man was killed when an officer chased another man who was driving a vehicle with an expired registration.

A Holladay woman died in April when a motorist being chased by Salt Lake police collided with her vehicle. That officer's actions were later determined to be reasonable and within policy. A Salt Lake man was killed in March after he hit a parked car and telephone pole while evading University of Utah police. The car he was driving was stolen.