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More bystanders are injured or killed during high-speed police chases than by stray bullets. In California, more than 10,000 people have been injured and over 300 people killed because of police chases in the last decade, according to newly released statistics from the California Highway Patrol.
Nationally, it's estimated nearly 300 people die each year as a result of high speed police chases. But a watchdog group says the figure is easily two or three times higher because there is no mandatory reporting system. Exactly what's reported is left to the discretion of local law enforcement agencies.
For instance, bystanders who die later at the hospital are often not counted in the police chase statistics. Also, babies and children trapped inside the suspect's vehicle are not counted as innocent victims...