A female passenger riding in a stolen car died in a traffic collision while the driver was fleeing from deputies in Highland on July 5, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The incident began at about 6:37 a.m., when a deputy from the Sheriff's Central Station attempted a traffic stop on a stolen BMW sedan. The BMW was occupied by the driver, Timothy Johnston, 25, and a female passenger.

Johnston fled at a high rate of speed and drove northbound on Palm Avenue from 3rd Street, the Sheriff's Department said.

Johnston continued north on Palm Avenue and entered Highland, but then he lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Palm Avenue and Nona Avenue, the Sheriff's Department said.

The BMW sideswiped a Toyota Tundra and then collided with a powerline pole, eventually coming to rest on its roof.

Johnston ran from the collision scene and was located hiding in a nearby neighborhood. He was arrested without incident and transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. After his release from the hospital, Johnston will be booked on charges related to this collision as well as an unrelated no bail warrant for vehicle theft, the Sheriff's Department said.

The female passenger in the stolen BMW was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. Her identity was being withheld pending family notification.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota Tundra were not injured during the collision.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about this incident is urged to contact Deputy E. Urban or Deputy T. Lee at the Central Station at (909) 387-3545.

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