The coroner’s office Monday released the name of a man who led LaVerne police on a pursuit that ended with a crash that killed him and the driver of another car and injured three passengers in the two cars.
Lawrence Meyerhoff III, 34, was a LaVerne resident, coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. He was driving a red Acura Integra.
Officers saw the Acura Integra fail to stop at a stop sign and at a red light in the area of White Avenue and Arrow Highway at 8:50 p.m. Thursday and when police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver now identified as Meyerhoff fled northbound on White Avenue from First Street and a pursuit began, according to a statement from the La Verne Police Department.
The chase lasted less than a mile and ended when the Integra crashed into a black Toyota Corolla near the intersection of White Avenue and College Lane, police said.
“The driver of the red car was speeding up White (Avenue), going northbound, and T-boned the black car,” a witness identified only as Nathan told ABC7. “I guess there was a chase that was just starting.”
Paramedics transported two people in the Corolla and three people in the Integra to a hospital where both drivers were pronounced dead and the three other passengers were in critical condition, police said.
The driver of the Corolla was identified as Marlet Reyes, 68, of La Verne.
The crash was being investigated by the California Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team.
Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to call the La Verne Police Department at 909-596-1913.
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