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California motorcycle officer, survivor of Las Vegas mass shooting, killed in LA area highway crash

Authorities said Manhattan Beach Police Officer Chad Swanson died in a crash Wednesday.
Authorities stated Manhattan Seashore Police Officer Chad Swanson died in a crash Wednesday.(Manhattan Seashore Police Division)

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer who was a hero of the 2017 Las Vegas mass taking pictures died Wednesday when his bike was hit by a automotive on a Los Angeles-area freeway, authorities stated.

Manhattan Seashore Police Officer Chad Swanson was probably heading to work when the collision occurred shortly after 5 a.m. on Interstate 405 in Carson, in response to the California Freeway Patrol.

CHP Officer Steve Carapia informed reporters that it seems the automotive that hit Swanson’s police bike was initially struck by one other automobile that probably made “an unsafe lane change.” Investigators are attempting to find out if a fourth automobile could have additionally been concerned.

The Southern California Information Group reported that Swanson, 35, died at a hospital. A second particular person was hospitalized with minor accidents.

Manhattan Seashore Police Lt. Kelly Benjamin stated Swanson was married with three sons.

“We’re hurting, we’re grieving,” Benjamin stated.

Swanson was within the crowd on the Route 91 Harvest Music Pageant in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman opened hearth from a window of the Mandalay Bay lodge. Benjamin stated Swanson helped get taking pictures victims and others out of the realm.

Swanson was a 13 12 months veteran of the division and have become a motorbike officer in 2017, officers stated.

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