[symple_googlemap title=”Cop death” location=”234th and Western, Torrance, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”15″]A 24-year-old off-duty Los Angeles police officer was killed Saturday evening when his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle in Torrance, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed.

Erick Alcaraz, a resident of Carson, was pronounced dead moments after the 5 p.m. crash at 234th Street and Western Avenue, Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.

Los Angeles police officials said Alcaraz, a Marine Corps veteran, had been a LAPD officer on patrol for 18 months. He had just finished his one-year probationary period at the Southwest Community Police Station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to police.

Sunday would have been his first day assigned to the West Los Angeles area.

Alcaraz leaves behind his mother and father, according to the statement.

In the crash, Alcaraz’s personal motorcycle, not an LAPD vehicle, hit the side of a car at an intersection, a Torrance police official said.

“The driver of the car was about to turn northbound on Western (from 234th Street) and the motorcyclist was southbound on Western,” Torrance police Lt. Brian O’Steen said.

Alcaraz’s motorcycle collided with the side of the car, O’Steen said.

The driver of the involved vehicle was not injured and was not transported to an area hospital, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

– City News Service

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