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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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kim    

He should be tried for involuntary manslaughter.Anytime someone in police chase kills innocent bystander they should be tried for manslaughter!

2446 days ago
47.

FlBiker    

2 guys are dead over as stolen car, great job by the cops.
I read one imbecile on here that said the police had the siren on and were "following" the stolen car but not chasing it. Did your parents have any children that lived.
It's a car, it will be recovered OR not. Hardly worth the lives of the two dead people.

2446 days ago
48.

thinkwithlogic    

The police did terminate the chase. The suspects kept speeding and then crashed. The police were not in pursuit of the suspects when the car crashed into the other car. Get your facts strait folks.

2446 days ago
49.

Steve    

Change the headline TMZ, its a bit misleading. Granted it catches the attention and all but it makes it seem as though HE was the one in a police chase and not the way that the story actually explains. It's a bit sensationalist and irresponsible...morons- you guys show nonstop Britney bullcrap and then when something of relevance shows up you misrepresent it. Ugh.

2446 days ago
50.

kim    

HOLY CRAP! I just read about the police chief of S.F>.and that police force must be so corrupt. HOw can chief of police own sex shops?? Oh my and so do you think she goes after prostitution (only if they dont work her store) or pervs or druggies? no way since they are all tied to sex industry!!! How in the world did this piece of work get to be police commissioner.?!!!! I dont care about the trans gender thing but owning porn stores- that is total conflict of interest if your job is police commish!

2446 days ago
51.

Choctawone    

Like the previous witness stated, "There was no police chase!"

As for the police critics, who as typical liberals, shoot from the hip and typically lead people away from the truth take note; You've made fools out of yourselves once again! You assume, rationalize, and intellectualize the cause and affect of most every violent situation and find it stylish to blame the good guy. How brittle you must feel when confronted with the facts.

As for REAL police chases: The penalty for running from the cops should be so severe that idiots who do it don't even give it a thought. Then again, maybe they're not capable of thought.

2446 days ago
52.

Maria    

Posting Number 11 - does the last name of the driver involved in this tragedy sound mexican to you??? 'Gosnell'.... HELLO... People stop making it sound racist... Look at your background... Irish, Italians, Germans or good old English... This is a tragedy regardless!

2446 days ago
53.

Edmoblues    

As a long time friend (we went to High School together) of Kristopher's mom, I am shocked at the ingnorant, bigoted and racist comments that I've seen here. It's not the cop's fault, all they did was hit the lights. The "chase" didn't even last two blocks. No, the suspects were not "llegal Mexicans running red lights like they are late for a free taco party." They were career criminals driving a stolen car. What kind of an ignorant S.O.B. would say something like that? In any case, is that how you would portray Kristopher’s uncle, Hispanic actor, Benjamin Bratt? This is nothing more than a tragedy for all concerned, and it certainly has nothing to do with politics, liberal or otherwise. Jeez…

2446 days ago
54.

Teach 2nd    

What a sad thing for the family and friends of these 2 young men. Why is it that some people always blame the police in cases like this? I'd like to know who you plan to call if, heaven forbid, you ever find yourselves faced with an emergency situation! Am I a bit biased? Of course I am -- my son is a police officer.

2446 days ago
55.

FlBiker    

I am a complete moron, please disregard my opinions. The aids drugs I am on have warped my brain.

2446 days ago
56.

MOM    

senseless

2446 days ago
57.

fay    

It is always the jerks that live and the unfortunate souls that die during these police chases. Again, why in Gods name is it necessary for the police to screech through streets to catch a jackass that is in a stolen car? Is it really necessary? And every time something like this happens, the jackass that caused the collision walks upright out of their car asking "what's the problem" while the poor person or persons that were going about their business get caught up in the worse way. Why go through a trial with these two idiots? Save San Francisco the money and just lock them up today, guilty of murder, not manslaughter, but MURDER!

2446 days ago
58.

SHE NEEDS HELP!    

OK - SO YOUR CAR GET'S STOLEN, COPS SEE SOMEONE DRIVING AROUND IN IT BUT TELL YOU - DIDN'T GO AFTER IT BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO LEAD US INTO A PURSUIT & MIGHT KILL SOMEONE. YOUR LOSS, TOUGH LUCK.

SO WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN THEN? MORE CARS ARE GONNA GET STOLEN! SO THEN THEY CAN MAKE IT OK TO STEAL VEHICLES.

2446 days ago
59.

LEON    

rest inpeace" it is sad. do the police really have to give chase? why dont they just close off streets, they have radios, to let their postions known. it a shamethat innocent people must die in this fashion" they the police have to change the way they pursue stolen cars.

2446 days ago
60.

windy    

i pray for love.

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