Pursuit Ends in Crash, Killing Woman and 5 Dogs in Long Beach

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A woman and four dogs were killed in a crash in Long Beach after a vehicle being chased by police collided with their vehicle Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Officers spotted a stolen white van at around 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of East Broadway and Alamitos Avenue and attempted to perform a traffic stop, according to Long Beach Police Officer Arantxa Chavarria. The driver did not stop and officers began pursuing the stolen van until it collided with the woman’s vehicle near the intersection of East 3rd Street and Temple Avenue, according to authorities. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead, police said. Family and friends identified the victim as Jessica Bingaman, who was a single mom who worked as a local dog-sitter and lived nearby. There were six dogs in her car at the time of the collision. Four of them were killed in the crash and two others were transported to a vet, where a fifth was pronounced dead, Chavarria said. Police said the suspect driver, identified as 43-year-old Javier Oliverez of Los Angeles, was also transported to a hospital. His condition was unknown. Oliverez was booked on charges including evading a police officer, felony DUI and Vehicular manslaughter, according to police. Authorities described Oliverez as a known gang member and a parolee who had an outstanding no bail warrant for a post-release community supervision violation. He is being held at a Long Beach jail on no bail, according to police. No further information was immediately available.

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