Twenty-Four Year Old Off Duty LAPD Officer Dies In Crash
On Sunday, the authorities and press released the name of a young Los Angeles Police Department Officer who was sadly killed in an off duty crash on Saturday in the Torrance area. The young officer that had recieved the life-threatening injuries was tended to by the Fire Department staff however, despite their efforts the young man still died. The person in the car, a Optima sedan, was a fifty-three year old woman. She also had to be treated, but only for minor injuries. The young man that was killed, was twenty-four year old Erick Alcaraz. He was riding his personal motorcycle while he was off duty. The Motorcycle was a 2014 Yamaha R6. The R6 collided with the 2013 Kia Optima at an intersection according to the LAPD in a statement they released.
Young LAPD Officer Dies After Finishing Probation at LAPD
Officer Alcaraz had been with the LAPD for 18 months. He had already finished his one year probationary period at the LAPD Southwest Patrol Division. According to a friend of Alcaraz’s he actually finished his probationary period on the day of the crash. According to the LAPD statement, Acaraz was a Marine Corps Veteran, he was scheduled to join the West Lost Angeles Division on Sunday. Lt. Mike Jezelin from the Torrance Police Department stated that the incident happened just before five o’clock in the evening on Saturday. The collision happened at the South Western Avenue and West 234th Street which is near the Torrance and Harbor City area. Police noted that there were no traffic signals at the intersection. The collision is still under investigation at this time. According to Torrance police Lt. Brian O’Steen, the officer was heading south on Western at the time of the incident, the kia sedan was traveling eastbound and was making a left turn from the 234th and onto Western.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s Statement on Twitter:
The entire #LAPD grieves the loss of a young officer taken from us too soon. #Godspeed brother
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to please call the Torrance Police Department’s Traffic Division at 310-618-5557
Daniel A. Gibalevich