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Long Beach Dog Walker Mourned after Being Killed in Pursuit Crash

Ameera Butt
May 09, 2019 - 9:33 am

A professional dog walker is being mourned in Long Beach by friends and family and authorities are releasing more details about the incident.

This week the Long Beach police chief apologized to the family of a woman killed earlier this week in a crash pursuit that involved his police officers.  

On May 7, at 11:30 a.m. officers were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

Police say the suspect, a  known gang member Javier Olivarez, was a career criminal and triggered the pursuit when officers tried to pull him over.  

At the end of the pursuit, Olivarez collided with another car that was traveling northbound on Temple Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department website. The suspect failed to stop for a stop sign while evading the police who were attempting to stop him for driving a stolen car, the press release said.

The victim, Jessica Bingaman, was a professional dog walker and had six dogs in her car whom she was taking to the park Tuesday.

Five of the six dogs were also killed.

Bingaman's mother told CBS 2 that she understands the police have a job to do but also questions what warrants a pursuit:

"Seeing him sitting on the curb with the handcuffs on did no justice for me while my daughter had to be cut out of the car in critical condition and did not survive," her mom said.

At the vigil for Jessica Thursday night, Chief Robert Luna said: “On behalf of our city, I’m so sorry.”

Olivarez was booked for evading a police officer, felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, grand theft auto, and had an outstanding no bail warrant for a post-release community supervision violation involving a robbery, according to the department press release.

He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail with no bail.

There is a GoFundMe page set up by someone who knew Bingaman. The page has reached $19,470 of the $50,000 goal so far.

-KNX 1070