High-speed pursuit of stolen vehicle leaves 5 dead in Greensboro. How it happened.

Five people died here late Saturday at the deadly conclusion of a high speed chase by the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

A Guilford sheriff’s deputy, who was not named, was on patrol Saturday and began a pursuit around 11:30 p.m. after spotting a suspicious vehicle and running its license plate through the National Crime Information Center database, said Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes.

The deputy learned that the vehicle, a 2003 silver Acura, had been reported stolen on Sept. 13 from an apartment complex parking lot on East Meadowview Road in Greensboro.

The stolen Acura proceeded south on Battleground Avenue, not heeding the deputy’s directive to pull over.

Pursued by the deputy, the vehicle continued to flee as it accelerated to a “high rate of speed” and ran a red light at the intersection of Battleground Avenue and New Garden Road, Barnes said.

The driver of a Kia Optima, who had the right of way at the intersection, crossed Battleground Avenue at which point the Acura smashed into it — instantly killing everyone involved.

Two women traveling in the Kia and two men and one woman who had been fleeing law enforcement inside the Acura all died on impact.

A mixed-breed dog riding in the Optima survived the collision unharmed. Police said the dog was turned over to relatives of his owner.

The crash closed the intersection of Battleground Avenue and New Garden Road for around nine hours.

“Both vehicles were total losses and towed from the scene,” Danielsen said. “Several vehicles near the collision site were damaged by flying debris. However no other persons were injured.”

The Greensboro Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit is charged with further investigation into the crash and its proceedings.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks