crash memorial

A memorial at the corner of Third street and Temple Avenue honors the lives lost of one woman and five dogs when, after a brief car chase of a suspected stolen van ended with a crash that killed Jessie Bingaman and five dogs in her care.

The woman killed in a crash at the end of a police pursuit in Long Beach on Tuesday was 41-year-old Jessica Bingaman of Long Beach, authorities said on Wednesday, May 8.

Police were pursuing a stolen white van, driven by a suspected gang member wanted for a parole violation when he slammed into Bingaman’s Ford SUV, police said.

The incident also killed five of six dogs in the vehicle.

Bingaman was driving the dogs as part of a dog daycare service. The surviving dog was released to its owners.

The suspect, Javier Olivarez, 44, of Los Angeles was hospitalized before being arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of evading a police officer, felony driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter and a violation for post-release supervision involving a robbery, police said.

About 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, police tried to pull over the suspected stolen vehicle near Broadway and Alamitos Avenue, they said, with a short pursuit ensuing and the crash occurring at Third Street and Temple Avenue.

Bingaman was stopped at stop sign when her vehicle was struck, police said, with the suspect’s van going on to hit three parked vehicles.

Olivarez was being held at Long Beach City Jail with no bail.

On Wednesday, a memorial with flowers, photos and cards in memory of Bingaman grew near the site of the crash. Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price is organizing a candlelight vigil at the site for 7:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday.

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