South L.A. Motorcycle Pursuit Ends With Crash, Leaving 2 Dead

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Two people were on a stolen motorcycle in South Los Angeles when they led police on a pursuit that ended with both riders dead, police said.

The scene after a fatal motorcycle crash in South Los Angeles is seen on Jan. 28, 2020.(Credit: KTLA)
The scene after a fatal motorcycle crash in South Los Angeles is seen on Jan. 28, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

Police were in the area of Hyde Park Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue around 8 p.m. when they observed a stolen motorcycle with two riders on it, according to Lt. Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The officers initiated a pursuit but immediately lost sight of the motorcycle due to its high rate of speed, Ramirez said.

The motorcycle continued eastbound on 62nd Street and St. Andrews Place until it arrived at an intersection, police said. The motorcyclist attempted to go around another vehicle when it lost control and collided with a power pole, according to Ramirez.

The passenger on the motorcycle was declared dead at the scene, authorities said.

The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a hospital in critical condition with severe injuries, but was declared dead shortly after, according to Ramirez.

Both riders were men between the ages of 20 and 50, authorities said.

Police were investigating and no further details were available.

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