BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
— A bellemont woman has died after she crashed into a police car in the California city of Belmont and was thrown from her vehicle and onto a concrete median, authorities said Friday.
Bellemont police Officer John J. Kostelnik was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries but later died at the hospital, police said in a statement.
The crash happened around 8:15 a.m.
Friday on the northbound side of Highway 101, about 100 yards from the intersection of South Van Ness Avenue and West San Pablo Avenue, Belmont police Sgt. Dan Smith said.
Kostelnick, who is black, was driving a white Toyota Camry and was headed south on the highway, when he pulled over to look at a traffic sign, according to a police report.
Kastelnik stopped and asked the driver of the Camry to get out of the car, the report said.
The Camry then came to a stop, and the driver told Kostelski that she did not want to talk to him and that she was going to call 911, Smith said in the statement.
The Camrys occupants, Kostelais daughter and his fiancee, were able to get the vehicle to stop, police reported.
An officer on the scene then heard the driver saying, “I don’t have a gun,” and Kosteliks body was on the ground, Smith wrote.
Officers then found Kostellnik’s body on the concrete median in the southbound lanes, Smith added.
Bellebrook police said they are conducting an investigation and are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact them.