LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A motorist who had been pursued by Gardena police before the chase was called crashed into parked vehicles a few minutes later in the city of Los Angeles early today and died at the scene.
The crash was reported about 2:40 a.m. at 94th Street and Harvard Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Information was not immediately available on the name of the fatally injured man, who apparently was 20-30 years of age, the LAPD reported. ``At approximately 2:27 a.m., a Gardena Police Department patrol officer observed a gray Dodge Charger driving recklessly on Redondo Beach Boulevard in the city of Gardena,'' Gardena police said in a statement.
``The vehicle was speeding and failed to stop at red traffic lights,'' Gardena police said. ``The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the Dodge sped away, and a vehicle pursuit ensued.'' The Dodge went onto the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway, followed by police, and exited on Manchester Avenue in Los Angeles.
``The lone pursuing Gardena police officer's vehicle became disabled shortly after exiting the freeway, and the pursuit was discontinued,'' Gardena police said. ``The Dodge was able to elude capture at that time.'' A few minutes later, Gardena police were notified by LAPD officers that the Dodge had crashed. The investigation was continuing.