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Boyfriend: driver in chase was no carjacker

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/ News 8) - The boyfriend of the woman who was behind the wheel of a truck that crashed in Coronado during a chase says she was no carjacker.

Authorities released the name Friday of the suspect Jamie Summer Guillen, who was killed, along with a passenger, when the truck she was driving crashed as she was trying to evade pursuing deputies.

Guillen lost control of the stolen Ford F-150 as she was speeding to the north and weaving through traffic on Silver Strand Boulevard shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday, according to sheriff's officials and the county Medical Examiner's Office.

The full-size pickup overturned, rolled and caught fire near Glorietta Bay Park, killing Guillen, 24, at the scene, along with a man who had been riding in a back seat, Lt. Dennis Brugos said. The passenger has been identified by friends as 35-year-old Roosevelt Lewis.

Friday evening, Imperial Beach resident Agustin Tirado came to the defense of Guillen, who he says was his girlfriend

"It wasn't a carjacking," he told News 8.

An unnamed woman called 911 yesterday morning, reporting that Guillen had carjacked at knifepoint a 2002 F-150 pick-up on Georgia Street, with a friend of hers in it.

But Tirado tells a different story.

"They say we stole it from the front, when the (owner) let us borrow the car," he said. "There was no knife, there was no, 'Oh, we're gonna steal your car, give us the keys' or whatnot. None of that."

H says the truck's owner let him and Guillen borrow the truck, and that originally, Lewis, as well as the woman who later called police, were all in the truck together, until an argument broke out.

"Basically, we just took off, " Tirado said. "Basically, you could say that we left her, you know." Tirado says that woman was left behind at a gas station on Imperial Beach Boulevard.

"She got mad because we didn't take her with us? What kind of stunt is that?" Tirado said.  "You just got two people killed over that now." Tirado says he got out of the truck on 7th street in IB before deputies caught up with Guillen and tried to pull her over, leading to the high-speed chase.

The resulting wreck also caused several secondary collisions that left three other people injured and forced the closure of the thoroughfare through the day. A dog in the stolen pickup was thrown clear during the accident and escaped serious injury.

The road chase had begun about five minutes earlier, following a report of a carjacking in the 1200 block of Georgia Street. A caller told sheriff's personnel a woman with a pit bull confronted a couple as they were detailing the truck, threatened them with a knife and stole the vehicle with one of the victims still inside it.

Later in the day, however, that account came under question as investigators questioned witnesses and friends of Guillen's alleged victims, according to Brugos.

"At this point in the investigation, it has not been established whether an actual carjacking did, in fact, occur," the lieutenant said.

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