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Benjamin Bratt's Nephew Dies in Police Chase

12/12/2007 8:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Benjamin BrattKristopher Bratt, nephew of actor Benjamin Bratt, was killed early Tuesday morning when a stolen car being pursued by police in San Francisco ran a red light and plowed into Kristopher's car. Bratt died immediately, while his passenger died a short time later. He was 20.

The two men driving the stolen Saturn are currently behind bars. The driver, Richard Gosnell, is facing numerous charges, including two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one count of felony hit and run, one count of evading police causing death, one count of stolen vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property, one count of speeding and one count of running a red light, according to San Francisco Police Sgt. Steve Mannina.

Gosnell and his passenger, Joshua Wilson, were treated for minor injuries before taken into custody. Wilson faces one count of stolen vehicle and one count of possessing stolen property.

Kristopher is the son of Bratt's oldest brother.
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lovely    

BRAT boy i miss u! had some good timez mane neva gon forget. Aint nobody ta blame da rightous die young R I P

2488 days ago
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michelle    

Sad

2507 days ago
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FlBiker    

I blame the police, no need to chase a stolen car.

2507 days ago
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Shelley    

How tragic.....how senseless.
What a sad holiday season for the family.

2507 days ago
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Her Witchiness    

How sad! My deepest sympathies to the families suffering through this tragedy. I know, personally, the devastating effects of high speed police chases - as I lost a good friend many years ago to one when, just like Kristopher, his car was hit by someone evading the police. I pray that Kristopher and his passenger are at peace with the deity they held close to their hearts.

2507 days ago
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freshberries    

As far as I know (I live one block from where the accident happened) the police didn't chase the car. They turned the siren on for the car to pull over after verifying the license plate and the suspects simply ran the light.. No chase took place. Don't blame the police on this one.

Look for details at sfgate.com

2507 days ago
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miked    

561, you put 'First!' on a frickin' site where someone has tragically died? WTF? Is that really where your head is at - grow up.

2507 days ago
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J    

That happened near where I live recently - an prominent & generous MD was hit by an illegal alien DUI red light runner going 60 in a 30 zone - the side airbag wasn't enough.

2507 days ago
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Bird    

That's horrible. Ben please please please let me comfort you during this difficult time.

2507 days ago
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river rat    

3. I blame the police, no need to chase a stolen car.

Posted at 7:03PM on Dec 12th 2007 by FlBiker

How about blaming the tools in the stolen car? My sincerest sympathy to Kristopher's family.

2507 days ago
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wrong!!!!    

why is it that the driver of a stolen vehicle or even a drunk driver who hits a car walks away almost always scar free, but the person they hit, always dies?

2507 days ago
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G    

Instead of blaming the police, why don't you blame the morons who stole the car to begin with.

2507 days ago
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J    

Radical liberalism run amok - drivers think they can drink & drive fast & kill innocents - then the neoliberal judges will let them walk.

2507 days ago
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Wicked    

God bless both these young men and their families.

RIP

2507 days ago
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Gordy    

This is very sad!
Although in SF where the police commissioner ( Theresa Sparks) a post op transexual and a sexual deviant this will keep happening.
She owns a sex toy store and is involved in the Taiwan sex trade.
She sounds like a man, has a adams apple but is half woman.
Now I feel folks should do what the please but when you are involved with leading Police officers you must have some sort of cradibility and this woman is a FREAK!! and commands no respect from anyone.
She will keep letting criminals on the streets and will continue to punish officers for doing their job, so why should they.
The police commissioners motto is "TO PROTECT AND SERVE TIME"
Check this out you wont believe it!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_Sparks

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