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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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CC    

Why are some people blaming the police instead of the criminals who were driving the stolen car? If it were your car that was stolen, would you blame the police if they found and followed it? Or would you blame them for NOT finding it?

What if the car thiefs had stolen the car after committing murder? Or rape? Would that, in your eyes, make the car theft serious enough?

Get a grip. The ones to blame here are the two delinquents who stole the car and ran the red light - not the SFPD officers who were doing their jobs.

2404 days ago
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sugarspc    

FIBiker had to post that comment more than once because no one bothered to reply the first time to such a ludicrous statment. "I blame the police" - "there is no need to chase a stolen car"? ...Everyone knew that was dumb. So no one replied. So he/she posted it again. Just wanted to make noise. Stupid.

2404 days ago
33.

Terri    

Hey 9:

You don't understand what the word "neoliberal" means. Since you are obviously a right-wing nutjob, it's apparent from the context what you think it means....but you are an uneducated fool trying to use a big word that you don't understand, moron.

2404 days ago
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mu    

My cousin died the same way in a police chase in Maryland. The police car hit his car in pursuit of the stolen car. He was 18 years old. My Uncle, his father, used to cry in the shower because he thought no one could hear him. Faith has helped them through. Your parents are in our prayers.
God Bless

2404 days ago
35.

J    

Peace to the Bratts & sue that illegal manslaughter backside - USA & SF area are far too tolerant of illegals' activity. Drive super carefully & defensively.

2404 days ago
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mu    

My cousin died the same way in a police chase in Maryland. The police car hit his car in pursuit of the stolen car. He was 18 years old. My Uncle, his father, used to cry in the shower because he thought no one could hear him. Faith has helped them through. Your parents are in our prayers.
God Bless

2404 days ago
37.

mason    

So an effing car is worth snuffing out two young lives? I realize the police have a job to do but this is a horrific example of judgment on their part and something drastic needs to change here!! Unbelievable.

2404 days ago
38.

mommyof4    

I also blame the police. Chasing cars is unnecessary unless they have a hostage in the car who will lose their life. THATS IT!

2404 days ago
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Julie G.    

It is not necessary to chase a car through the red light, and the police should have called up for back up in other side-the same police one should have stopped to be be sure its clear before to go pass the red light in the street.

2404 days ago
40.

roughdaddy    

damn thats not cool for the holidays or any other day...I thought they were going to put a stop to cops pursuing stolen cars...the car can be recovered....

2404 days ago
41.

the lost    

That sucks, and Kristopher and his passenger were innocent? That's really not fair. I'm sorry for the Bratt family. What a lousy thing to have happen.

2404 days ago
42.

JolieIsFake    

WHO'S THE DUMBASS SAYING IT WAS THE COPS FAULT? THAT MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS SOMEONE VOTING FOR OBAMA, THE MUSULIM. THE LOW-LIFES THAT TOOK THE CAR AND RAN ARE TO BLAME, AND NO ONE ELSE.

2404 days ago
43.

shir    

Perfect

2404 days ago
44.

cake    

RAT

You are a douche bag!

You re one of those who such aversion to a transgender or gay person might have something to do with being in the closet. Go seek treatment or you'll end up like Sen. Larry Craig begging for some butt love in an airport bathroom somewhere...

Such an ignorant.

2404 days ago
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LA    

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE BRATT FAMILY.

#12-Here - too many Illegal mexicans run red lights like they are late for a free taco party - be a defensive driver & expect illegal activity coming your way - peace.

YOU ARE A COMPLETE MORON!! CAN'T YOU READ THE LAST NAMES ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT HISPANIC! YOU ARE A DARN IDIOT!! I HATE IGNORRANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE JUST LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO BASH ON MEXICANS BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY THING YOU HEAR ABOUT IN THE MEDIA!

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