Driver fleeing from police dies after slamming car into Riverside lumber building

11/01/2012 12:50 PM

05/16/2014 8:10 PM

A driver fleeing from police died early this morning after crashing into a building at a Riverside lumber yard.

Police this afternoon identified the man as Jesse Gochenour, 23. A city of residence was not immediately available.

A Riverside police officer spotted Gochenour about 1:15 a.m. on northbound Interstate 635 traveling “well in excess of the speed limit,” said Sgt. Brent Holland, a Riverside police spokesman.

When the officer tried to pull Gochenour over, the driver sped away. The officer pursued Gochenour onto northbound Interstate 29 where they exited at Northwest 56th Street. Gochenour then got back onto southbound I-29.

The chase continued along I-29 as the driver exited at Northwest Gateway Avenue. At Northwest Vivion Road, the officer ended the pursuit.

“The speeds were just too high to continue the pursuit in the city,” Holland said. The driver continued south on Gateway.

A police captain met up with the officer and as the officer was relating what had happened, they heard a loud crash.

They found out Gochenour had crashed into a building of the Beverly Lumber Co. near Gateway and West Platte Road.

“He was still going really fast when he crashed,” Holland said.

Police determined that Gochenour hit a light pole, went across a vacant parking lot before slamming into the building, Holland said.

“The car was not stolen so we can’t figure out why he was running,” Holland said.

Police are hoping that once they identify the driver and get autopsy and toxicology results, they will be able to piece together why he ran from police.