LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An off-duty LAPD officer has died after being run over by a big rig following a motorcycle crash on a Los Angeles freeway Friday.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. on the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway at the northbound Pasadena (110) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, according to the CHP and the LAPD.

Officials say the officer was passing the truck when he lost control of his bike.

“The passing truck ran over the officer’s motorcycle and then the officer,” Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The officer was taken to County USC for treatment, where he died Friday afternoon.

His name has not been released, but officials say the officer is a 24-year veteran who is a detective in the Foothill division.

Officials didn’t not say how the accident happened.

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Comments (53)
  1. Dave c says:

    The cop should have known riding a motorcycle
    requires extra caution

  2. Really says:

    And, you know this how? Why don’t you wait for the facts to come out.

    1. Peer W says:

      Read the article, it clearly states
      The off duty officer lost control

  3. Really says:

    R.I.P. and thank you for your service.

  4. tim says:

    i was a few cars behind the officer and i can say un-doubtedly IT WAS NOT HIS FAULT it looked to me like he hit something on the road that made his bike pitch out just a tragic deal

    1. Will'm says:

      You hit something in the road
      It is your fault
      Look ahead 300 feet
      Drive only as fast as you can safely

      1. yole says:

        shut the f…up

      2. tim says:

        will’m try this idea your driving down the road watching your lane when someone in the lanes on either side of you run over some sort of junk in the road and part of it or all of it flys into your lane. do you really think it is possible to ALWAYS avoid hitting it?? i do not think it is maybe thats what happen here i don’t know but this i do know the officer did not seem to be going to fast he was not trying to pass the truck in an unsafe manner from what i saw it seemed he hit something and his bike just went down try a little compassion it goes a long way

    2. Freddie says:

      As an experienced rider
      Sounds more like he mis-shifted and locked up
      Still driver error

    3. Captain Quirk says:

      As an experienced motorcyclist, I can say that it’s not easy to suddenly swerve out of the way of an obstacle the way you can with a four-wheeled vehicle. The dynamics of the way a motorcycle steers is such that you actually have to steer [slightly] AWAY from the direction you want to go, and then let the bike naturally turn in the opposite direction. This takes a finite amount of time.

      I do have a question for tim, though. Since you claim to have personal knowledge of this accident, did you give your statement to the police?

      1. tim says:

        yes i did to the extent that i felt he was not going to fast or riding unsafely and that i thought MAYBE he hit something in the road

  5. Bam Bam says:

    No respect for the dead, and you sound like a criminal. Just an indication of the poor job your loser parents (or parent) did in raising you. They should be proud unless you were an orphan in which case I could see why no one would want you. You were probably a rotten kid. Guess what? The world would be better off without you too.

    1. DM says:

      You sound like you watch too many
      Eat your Fruity Pebbles

    2. You're Welcome says:

      20 tons of steel times speed = instant death

  6. Kim says:

    Come on people stop and think…This wonderful mans family and friends could be reading this. How would you feel if something like this happened to one of your loved ones? My thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved him.

    1. AG says:

      If that’s ALL you can see about this incident, you need to have your eyes (and and maybe your head) checked out….

  7. relative says:

    I am the neice of the officer that died I would truly apprecaite if the ones bein disrespectful sayin rude things would keep there comments to urself he was an amazing man and devoted his life to his family and kids and I really apprecaite the ones who gave there respect towards me and my family

    1. AG says:

      Sorry to hear about your loss….prayers and condolences from all of us at NHWD Dets.

    2. Michael J. McDermott says:

      You know, you spell like a person who flunked the first grade.

  8. Cop Friend says:

    So sad that these ignorant people can disrespect the officer and his family. These are the same people who will be the first to call the police when they are in need of help, I pray that his family finds peace & grace during this difficult time and that they don’t ever read these posts.

  9. Mufon says:

    Another sad story. But does this website have proofreaders? The last sentence: “Officials didn’t not say how the accident happened.” That’s after the accident was described by a spokesperson a couple of paragraphs prior. But I guess if officials “didn’t not say” how it occurred, that means they did say? I’m not one of those guys that points out every misspelling, but come on.

    1. Sal says:

      Didn’t not say
      Double negative
      One paragraph states the motorcycle was passing,
      The next says the truck was passing

  10. county operating room employee says:

    we all worked hard to save his life…….he was a community hero and nobody deserves to have their life cut short…….as a fellow motorcycle rider, i can sympathize…..may he rest in peace.

    1. Angie Cook says:

      Thank you for all of your efforts

  11. ??? says:

    the freeway is a death trap. We are lucky each time we make it to our destination in one piece. RIP

    1. Michael J. McDermott says:

      And, these stupid lines and disks for the lanes. At night you can’t even see the f***in things, and OBVIOUSLY, it’s not so visible in the daytime either. Why doesn’t Los Angeles get MODERN like the rest of the UNITED STATES and use yellow reflective paint for the lines so you can at least see the damned things especially at night? At night you might as well use black paint. These lines without reflective paint are worthless at night. Visit another state, my state, New Jersey, and look at our roadway. SAFE, is the word I’m looking for. Your Los Angeles freeway system is like an abandoned back road. Yeah, DANGEROUS! Unfortunately, I’m serious, not joking.

    2. Michael J. McDermott says:

      Prayers and condolences to the family, of course.

  12. TKG says:

    I had the privilege of knowing and working with this fine man when he was a Traffic Detective at WTD. He was one of the few Detectives who really had compassion for humanity and cared about doing his best at all times. He would always listen to what you had to say and was an inspiration. I had the opportunity to see him again at Foothill Station and was glad I did. I was deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy and my heart goes out to his family. The City of Angels has truly lost one of it’s Finest!

  13. Carlo says:

    Prayers and condolences to the family from all of us at CCPD.

  14. Irene says:

    RIP and thank you for all your service . I appreciate everything you have done to protect us . May God comfort your kids, wife and entire family at this time.

  15. Alma Villarreal says:


  16. mr. P says:

    We are all saddened by this, our love and prayers for the family.

  17. Angie Cook says:

    This awesome man/police officer is my son’s father. He was a truly special person, he is not a news story or a statisitc…he was a great human being. if you don’t know him keep your ugliness to yourselves. We are all hurting so much from this loss.

  18. Wiggleton says:

    What an awful tragedy. May he Rest In Peace


    his race doesn’t matter, because whether or not he’s a cop or a army man, our country really doesn’t give a fu#k!!!!! look how many army men and woman come back from war, and they end-up homeless on the streets!!! same shlt!!!!!

  20. Michael J. McDermott says:

    How many beds, ladders, mattresses, wood, metal, construction debris, and, in my case one day, so help me, a NEW BATH TUB IN A CRATE, and in the fast lane no less, will it take to get the POLICE or the city of Los Angeles to do something about these pick-up trucks piled 12 feet high driving down the road? What’s YOUR answer? Where is the debris coming from?

  21. Michael J. McDermott says:

    First, prayers and condolences to the family of this person, of course. I love bikes on the trail, but not in the freeway, or any road with traffic.
    But, how many mattresses, ladders, furniture, wood debris, metal debris, flat tires, accidents will it take before the police or the City of Los Angeles finally do something about these pick-up trucks piled 20 feet high with junk practically falling out of the thing? Where is the debris coming from? What’s your answer?

  22. Sad but true says:

    This is a site for NEWS
    and commentary
    If you want Condolances
    go to an Obituary

  23. A TRUE FRIEND says:

    I have known this Officer for many years and could only say that he was indeed an inspiration to me and countless others. He was not only a good Officer, but a good friend and brother in Christ.

    He was one that appreciated life as well as his God given purpose. I have a tremendously difficult time holding back tears and keeping my emotions together when I think of what his life (here on earth) meant to me and the countless others. His love and compassion and all the other attributes that made him who he was, will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

    It was without any doubt, a true privilege to have known you brother, and I will never forget you and your zeal for life..

    As we both know, our life comes with a beginning, but in Christ Jesus there is only ETERNITY and no end. Until we meet again my brother and true friend.

  24. brother in christ says:

    wow…moron cop…really. it was an accident. look up what accident means.
    he was a wonderful GOD loving husband & father. so brave which is more than what i can say about u (wgaf). i dont c u out there putting your life on the line like our brave police officers, fireman & milatary personnel do everyday. & overpaid really…..well how much do u think your life is worth 2 keep safe? think about that next time u need help from a officer. its good 2 know that his legacy will live through his children because this world needs more people like him & his values. if u only had the privilege of knowing him. think about the termendous pain his family & friends r going through b4 u post a comment. hope u never feel this kind of pain.

    1. oh please says:

      Really read her comment she said the cop was her son’s dad that was along time ago he is happily married with 2 other children who lost a wonderful dad. You didn’t hear the phone call of his daughter calling my sister. Think before you speak you didn’t know him he was a great man and a great Christian. Rip Jesse you will be missed

      1. wgaf says:

        Yeah, and he ate asphalt and is still dead so BFD.

    2. wgaf says:

      Well B.I.C., according to ANGIE this “GOD loving husband,” overpaid moron cop was out $crewing others and having kids. Putting his life on the line? He ate asphalt while out on a joyride, as$hole. And, if you’re going to report comments STFU and don’t call out names, dumbf**k.

  25. Sid says:

    Where was god
    Causing more death and destruction

  26. anayesli says:

    Regardless of your ignorance, please have sympathy for the family who may be reading your stupid, ignorant comments. You didn’t know the man. How can you call him a moron. You sound more like a moron wgaf! He died in an accident. It could happen to anyone including you. God loves all his children, unfortunately even you. Show some respect. I don’t believe that officers are overpaid. If anything they are underpaid. They put their lives on the line everyday. That’s real courage.

    1. wgaf says:


      “FAMILY???” Like the as$wipe that said it’s his “neice” or the d!psh!t that said it had his son? Right, it was an accident so BFD, dumbsh!t. “Unfortunately even you.”, obviously you have no respect for your god’s actions so STFU, dumbf##k , and if you’re going to report replies the go f**k yourself, waste of life.

  27. Michael Alvarado says:

    To bad he wasn’t riding double!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. wgaf says:

    oh please,
    so how come none of you dumb b!tches replied in the article about the overpaid moron being “remembered?” Yhe one that says he had one wife and three children, dipsh!t. don’t worry only one reply, no one else gives a rat’s as$.

  29. wgaf says:

    oh please,
    so how come none of you dumb b!tches replied in the article about the overpaid moron being “remembered?” The one that says he had one wife and three children, dipsh!t. don’t worry only one reply, no one else gives a rat’s as$.

  30. Mindy says:

    It’s about time a cop dies. Seriously, on or off duty I love it when I hear that any of these egotistical men and women die. Yes, I hate cops.

  31. jo says:

    who cares !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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