Highway Patrol officers at the scene of the motorcycle crash. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Highway Patrol officers at the scene of the motorcycle crash. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday morning after crashing in the City of Orange during a pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers that began on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway.

The chase began on the northbound Santa Ana Freeway near the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway at 1:51 a.m., a CHP Orange County dispatcher said.

The motorcyclist then exited the 5 freeway at Grand Avenue heading north from Santa Ana into Orange with the CHP in hot pursuit.

Once in Orange, the motorcyclist continued north on Glassell Street until hitting a barrier at the Plaza Square circle, at the intersection of Glassell and Chapman Avenue, said Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorcyclist’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A news photographer at the scene told City News Service the pursuit began over the motorcyclist allegedly speeding on the 5 Freeway and then refusing to pull over when the CHP unit tried to make a traffic stop. The chase hit estimated speeds of 90 miles an hour, according to the photographer’s interviews with police.

The CHP will lead the investigation the fatality, McMullin said, adding that agency was involved in the incident from the beginning.

However, the CHP dispatcher said Orange police were handling the accident part of this incident.

— City News Service

[symple_googlemap title=”Fatal Accident” location=”Glassell Street and Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”13″]

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