Crime & Justice

Off-duty officer who died in Torrance motorcycle crash ID'd

Erick Alcaraz, 24, was killed Saturday after his motorcycle struck a vehicle attempting to make a left turn in Torrance.
Erick Alcaraz, 24, was killed Saturday after his motorcycle struck a vehicle attempting to make a left turn in Torrance.
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11:00 a.m.: Off-duty officer ID'd 

The L.A. County Coroner's office has identified the off-duty officer who died Saturday evening after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle as 24-year-old Erick Alcaraz of Carson.

Alcaraz had been driving southbound on Western Avenue when he hit a Kia Optima that was taking a left onto 234th Street, Torrance police said. 

He was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene, Torrance Police Lieutenant Mike Jezulin said.

Torrance police will be investigating the circumstances of the crash.

"We'll be looking at the damage of the car and motorcycle, looking at tire marks in the street, Jezulin said. "A lot of times you can get an estimated minimum speed from skid marks, try to get the full picture of what happened." 

Both lanes of Western were shut down for 5 hours as police investigated, Jezulin said.

9:47 a.m.: Off-duty officer dies in Torrance motorcycle crash

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer died in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening, police said.

The crash took place at Western and 234th Street in Torrance and involved two vehicles, including the motorcycle. It had lanes in the area shut down for several hours. 

Police haven't yet released the officer's name. He was a 24 year-old former marine, LAPD spokesman Andrew Smith said. NBCLA reports the officer had been on the job for less than two years.

This marks the sixth officer the LAPD has lost this year. One officer died from heart attack, the other five were also killed in traffic accidents.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the fallen officer. Earlier reports from police also indicated that more than two vehicles were involved in Saturday's crash. Torrance police say they now believe only the Kia and Alcaraz's motorcycle were involved.