Motorcyclist Killed in Crash While Fleeing From Traffic Stop in Pacoima: CHP

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A motorcyclist was killed after fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers who attempted to make a traffic violation stop in Pacoima Thursday morning, authorities said.

The incident began about 1:35 a.m. when multiple calls were made reporting a group of about 10 motorcycles doing tricks, recording video and blocking traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway at Roscoe Boulevard, CHP Officer Sanchez said.

Arriving officers located two motorcycles in the area at about 1:40 a.m. and attempted to make an enforcement stop, Sanchez said.

One of the motorcyclists attempted to exit the freeway and crashed into a wall on the Terra Bella Street exit.

Officers rendered aid to the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motorcyclist was identified as 26-year-old Gerardo Samaniego Jr. of Pacoima by the Los Angeles County corner’s office.

No other motorcyclists remained at the scene.

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