LAPD Leads California in Bystander Injuries in High-Speed Pursuits, Analysis Shows

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An LAPD car collided with a car it was chasing in South L.A. on Sept. 23, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

An LAPD car collided with a car it was chasing in South L.A. on Sept. 23, 2015. A new L.A. Times analysis of statewide data shows that LAPD pursuits injure bystanders at more than twice as police chases in the rest of the state. From 2006 to 2014, 334 bystanders were injured. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Stopped at a red light in El Sereno, Julio Reyes-Salvador was oblivious to the cars hurtling toward him.

In front was a gray Chevrolet Tahoe, racing at speeds of more than 80 mph as a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser gave chase.

The pursuit, which began when officers tried to stop the fleeing motorist for reckless driving, ended when the Tahoe smashed into Reyes-Salvador’s car, setting off a chain-reaction crash that crushed his Toyota Corolla. His car “looked like a soda can somebody just stepped on,” one of the pursuing officers later recalled in court.

Reyes-Salvador, 23, was killed instantly. A friend in the passenger seat was seriously injured.

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