Authorities Wednesday identified a woman who was fatally injured when a stolen van being chased by Long Beach police crashed into her SUV, killing five of six dogs she was transporting in her vehicle.
Jessica Bingaman, 41, of Long Beach died at a hospital of injuries she suffered when the van struck her 2013 Ford Escape about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Third Street and Temple Avenue.
The victim, who is survived by a 10-year-old daughter, was transporting the animals “as part of a dog daycare service,” according to police, who said the surviving canine was released to its owners after being examined at a veterinary hospital.
Javier Olivarez, 44, of Los Angeles — who police described as a known gang member who had violated parole — was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and evading a police officer, police said. He was being held without bail.
Officers initiated the pursuit of a white 2016 Nissan van being driven by Olivarez a short time before the fatal crash after spotting the stolen vehicle near Broadway and Alamitos Avenue, police said.
“Olivarez … was traveling eastbound on Third Street approaching Temple Avenue when he failed to stop for a posted stop sign while evading marked black-and-white police vehicles who were attempting to stop him for driving a stolen vehicle,” police said.
Bingaman was driving north on Temple Avenue, after stopping at the stop sign at Third Street, when her SUV was struck by the van, which also struck three parked vehicles, police said.
Olivarez was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
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