An innocent man lost his life Friday night when – through no fault of his own – the motorcycle he was riding on was viciously struck by a speeding car which lost control while being chased by California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The incident actually began at around 10:30pm Friday, March 13th, on the freeway when CHP officers witnessed a 2007 KIA traveling at “an extreme high rate of speed” southbound on the 405 from San Diego. According to the report issued by CHP, the officers flipped on their patrol car’s flashing lights in an attempt to perform a traffic stop on the KIA.
However, rather than pulling over for CHP, the driver (18-year-old Christian Alexander of Sylmar) along with his passenger (21-year-old Ezekiel Roberson also of Sylmar) attempted to flee the CHP officer’s pursuit.
The chase ensued down the 405 until reaching the off-ramp leading to the North Hills area and Nordhoff Street intersection. CHP officers said he (Alexander) took the exit and just prior to reaching the intersection “he applied his brakes in an attempt to slow down,” but began to lose control of the KIA, ran the red light and “plowed through the intersection,” striking and killing the 56-year-old Sylmar motorcyclist.
Sadly, the rider pronounced dead at the scene. The 18-year-old Alexander and 21-year-old Roberson were both taken to the hospital where they received treatment for minor injuries. It was at the hospital where CHP “after an evaluation” arrested Alexander for driving under the influence (DUI) and booked into the Van Nuys jail.
**It should be noted that after reviewing CHP reports at a later time, prosecutors might very well upgrade Alexander’s DUI charge to Vehicular Homicide**
(This is a developing story and we will update with more information as it is made available to us)
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