Woman identified in connection with chase on I-80

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 5:46 PM PDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 10:03 AM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE MAR 26 The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman who died following a police chase on I-80 as Georgianna Jackson, 22.

The situation began when Sparks Police located a stolen pickup in the Nugget Parking Garage. As they attempted to arrest the driver, he sped off, heading east on Interstate 80. Other officers placed a spike strip at the Derby Dam exit and the chase ended there.

The man, identified as Michael Hunter, 27, of Sparks, exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.

His woman passenger got out, but it was immediately apparent she had suffered some sort of trauma. Officers began life-saving measures on her, but she died at the scene.

Hunter was booked on multiple charges including battery and assault with a deadly weapon, related to the ramming of several police cars.

The cause of Jackson’s death is still under investigation. It is not believed her injuries were related to the chase or the crash. The investigation is continuing.

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