A Contra Costa County coroner's jury ruled Tuesday that the death of a woman that occurred during a pursuit from Danville to San Ramon late last year was accidental.
Hannah Meecham, 19, was the driver of a vehicle that was being pursued by Danville police officers on Nov. 29, 2015.
Police said an officer at 1:09 a.m. that day noticed Meecham driving a white Honda recklessly on Sycamore Valley Road near the southbound on-ramp to Interstate 680.
Officers tried to pull her over but she went over a curb and then drove onto the highway. A three-minute pursuit ensued until she exited at Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon. She continued before driving south on Camino Ramon and then went off the roadway and struck a tree south of Bollinger Canyon Road, according to police.
Meecham died at the scene while two passengers, a 19-year-old Livermore woman and a 37-year-old Livermore man, were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Police later learned the car had been reported stolen from Dublin.
The coroner's jury reached its verdict Tuesday after hearing the testimony of witnesses in a hearing, according to the sheriff's office. A coroner's inquest is held in Contra Costa County whenever there is a fatal incident involving law enforcement officers.
The jury rules on the manner of a person's death and can choose whether it was an accident, suicide, natural causes, or at the hands of another person other than by accident.