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Rookie Cop Killed Off-Duty In Crash The Day Before His New Post

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An off-duty police officer was killed in a crash on Saturday in Torrance the day before he was set to start his new post.

Erick Alcaraz, 24, had only been a part of the Los Angeles police department for 18 months when he got into a crash on Saturday evening at the intersection of West 234th Street and South Western Avenue in Torrance. Alcaraz was riding his motorcycle when he crashed into a car making a left turn at the intersection. Torrance Fire Department declared him dead on the scene. According to a press release from the LAPD, Alcaraz had just completed his one-year probationary period and was set to start his new assignment today in the West LA division.

According to the LA Times, Alcaraz is the fifth LAPD officer to be killed in a traffic incident, on- or off-duty this year already. In March, Officer Nicholas Lee was killed in a crash with a dump truck in Beverly Hills. Two months later, off-duty Detective Ernest Allen was killed in a crash near the spot of the previous crash in Beverly Hills.

In April, Officer Chris Cortijo was killed on-patrol by a woman alleged to be high on cocaine while driving. A month later, Officer Roberto Sanchez was killed during a pursuit in Harbor City.