Deputy dies after his motorcycle is hit by a car; hours earlier, SUV hits LAPD officer

LAKEWOOD, CA FEBRUARY 25, 2021 - An investigation is underway after a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department motorcycle deputy was killed Thursday, February 25, 2021, in a crash in Lakewood.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

An investigation is underway after a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle deputy was killed Thursday in a crash in Lakewood. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed while pursuing a traffic stop Thursday morning when a car struck his motorcycle in Lakewood, authorities said.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at an afternoon news conferencethat Deputy Thomas J. Albanese was headed north on Paramount Boulevard pursuing another car when he was killed in the busy intersection of Del Amo and Paramount boulevards. A woman heading west on Del Amo Boulevard in a Mercedes Benz collided with Albanese, Villanueva said

“The force of the collision, which was, it was extreme, it basically it threw him at a distance from the collision. He died instantaneously on impact,” Villanueva said.

Albanese, 41, a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, was working overtime when he was killed just

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