UPDATE: According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, the motorcyclist was 23-year-old Frank Escalante of Lakewood and the van's driver was 65-year-old Marianne Krone of La Palma.
A 605 Freeway chase ended in a fatal traffic accident in East Long Beach this morning (Monday).
At about 6:05 a.m., Monday, June 17, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a motorcycle speeding on the 605 Freeway near East Long Beach, CHP officials said. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the motorcyclist did not stop and sped ahead to the freeway’s Spring Street exit.
When the CHP officer also exited, he lost visual on the speeding suspect. As the officer looked around the area, he found himself on Norwalk Boulevard moving toward its intersection at Wardlow Road.
There at the intersection, the officer found a major accident involving a white minivan and the motorcycle he had been chasing, said Al Perez, public information officer for CHP’s Santa Fe Springs Office.
It appeared that the motorcycle had caught fire due to the accident, and both the motorcyclist and the minivan driver (there were no passengers) were declared dead at the scene of the accident. The motorcyclist is described as a male Hispanic who was 23 and the van’s driver was described as a white female who was 65.
The investigation is ongoing.
“We’re very gracious to the Long Beach Police Department in giving us the courtesy to investigate the incident, since it was initiated by one of our officers,” Perez said.