Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil in memory of Jessica Bingaman who was killed in a violent crash along with 5 dogs at 3rd Street and Temple Tuesday.
LBPD officers were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle just before 11:30am. At the termination point, the suspect vehicle collided into another vehicle, resulting in the death of a female adult.
When officers located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Broadway and Alamitos Avenue they began to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect refused to stop and continued driving away. Officers then initiated a short pursuit that terminated in the area of 3rd Street and Temple Avenue.
The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a black 2013 Ford Escape, 41-year-old Jessica Bingaman of Long Beach, was traveling northbound on Temple Avenue after stopping at the stop sign at 3rd Street when she was struck by a white 2016 Nissan Van, which also struck three additional parked vehicles.
The 2016 Nissan was being driven by Javier Olivarez, a 43-year-old resident of Los Angeles, who was traveling eastbound on 3rd Street approaching Temple Avenue when he failed to stop for a posted stop sign while evading marked black and white police vehicles who were attempting to stop him for driving a stolen vehicle.
Victim Bingaman was transported to a local hospital by the Long Beach Fire Department and was later pronounced deceased due to major traumatic injuries sustained during the collision. Olivarez was also transported to a local hospital for minor injuries sustained.
Six dogs were being transported in the 2013 Ford as part of a dog daycare service. Four dogs passed away at the scene and two were transported to a local pet hospital. Subsequently, a fifth dog passed away at the pet hospital due to its injuries and the remaining surviving dog has been released to its owners from the hospital.
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. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail with no bail. Collision Investigations Detectives expect to present their case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the near future.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Detective Sirilo Garcia of the Long Beach Police Department’s Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7110. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.