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Fatal Bicycle Accident in South LA After Police Chase

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In Los Angeles, a tragic incident occurred early morning when a robbery suspect being pursued by the LAPD collided with an innocent bicyclist, resulting in the bicyclist’s death. This fatal accident transpired on Wednesday, after officers attempted to arrest a theft suspect in the vicinity of East 48th and Central Streets in the Central-Alameda neighborhood.

LAPD engaged in a brief chase after the suspect ignored the officers’ attempt to pull over the vehicle. Several blocks later, at around 45th Street and Hooper Avenue, the suspect’s car struck the bicycle rider. Despite the collision, the suspect continued driving until the vehicle overturned.

According to LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar, after the crash, the suspect got out of the flipped car and attempted to flee on foot but was soon apprehended by the police. The pursuit not only ended in a fatality but also left numerous parked cars damaged.

Local residents have raised concerns regarding the safety of police pursuits in dense neighborhoods. Cesar Martinez, an eyewitness, questioned the necessity of the chase given the congested area, suggesting that alternative measures should be considered.

The police department is conducting a thorough investigation to understand the events that led to the unfortunate crash. Aguilar added that the decision to pursue a suspect is contingent upon various factors, including the gravity of the alleged crime and the immediate circumstances.

Source: NBC Southern California