Motorcyclist Flees from LAPD, Crashes Head on with Car
LAPD was following a motorcycle in West Hills on Thursday afternoon which resulted in a horrific deadly collision.
There was a misconception that there was a police pursuit but that wasn’t the case. Per LAPD, authorities were tracking the motorcycle after coming to the realization that it had been stolen.
Officers noticed suspicious activity shortly after 1 p.m. on January 20th which alerted authorities. Once they ran the plates, it was confirmed the bike had been stolen.
In an attempt to pull the rider over in a parking lot close by, the motorcyclist quickly fled the scene.
Supervisors and commanders then made the decision to not pursue the motorcycle, said LAPD Captain Andy Neiman.
The motorcyclist was traveling at speeds over 100 MPH as it fled the scene which quickly resulted in losing the police cruiser that was following.
There was, however, a police helicopter overhead keeping an eye on things.
It was around 1:15 p.m. when the rider collided head-on with a vehicle on Roscoe Boulevard that was attempting to make a left on Fallbrook Avenue.
A video from SKY9 showed the entire crash, and viewers can see the motorcyclist being thrown into the air upon impact.
According to Neiman, several factors, including “The time of day, level of traffic and the potential danger to the public,” resulted in the decision to not pursue the motorcyclist.
Sadly, the motorcyclist died at the scene instantly.
There were also two others injured who are reported to be in stable condition.
Captain Andy Neiman had stated, “It’s a very sad day here. Just another example of how reckless driving – regardless of who it is – causes death.”
No other information on the motorcyclist has been provided.
According to statistics, reckless driving accounts for 33% of all car-accident related deaths. With that being said, 30% of car accidents are correlated with the speed of reckless drivers.
Reckless driving associated with motorcycles can be even more dangerous since they are not as visible on the roads due to their size.