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Couple and Their 2-Year-Old Daughter Killed in Crash After Police Chase on Thanksgiving

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WPXI

A couple and their 2-year-old daughter died on Thursday after a police chase ended in a devastating crash near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Police identified the victims as 28-year-old David Bianco, 21-year-old Kaylie Meininger, his fiancée, and their 2-year-old daughter, Annika. They were on their way to a Thanksgiving dinner at a relatives house, according to family members who spoke to Channel 11.

A GoFundMe page was set up for the victims by their friends and family to help in their burials.

Driver Demetrius Coleman, 22, is now facing homicide charges. Coleman was pulled over by East McKeesport police at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday after making an illegal turn, then sped away after officers discovered he was wanted for violating his probation for a felony charge stemming from drug charges, according to ABC News.

Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP
Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP

Three other people were injured and transported to a hospital. Coleman is facing charges of criminal homicide, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault with a vehicle among other charges.

The second car Coleman hit involved an SUV in which three women were injured but expected to survive. The car containing two adults and toddler that Coleman hit burst into flames. It was about two miles away from the initial traffic stop.

Coleman had sped away from a convenience store parking lot where he was pulled over by officers, according to ABC News.

Authorities told Channel 11 News, a local station, that speeds reached more than 100 mph during the chase. The police officer who initiated the chase was placed on administrative leave per protocol.