Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1994

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Clarence W. Dean

Officer Dean was killed when his motorcycle drove off of a section of the Newhall Pass Interchange which had just collapsed due to a major earthquake. Because of the early morning darkness, he did not realize that the elevated roadway below him had collapsed and was unable to stop in time to miss the fall and died instantly.

When the Newhall Pass Interchange was rebuilt again one year later, it was renamed the Clarence Wayne Dean Memorial Interchange in his honor.

Officer Dean had been in law enforcement for 26 years and is survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 13994

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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I just saw a photograph of the aftermath of the earthquake. I was on that collapse section of freeway that morning when Officer Dean drove off the collapsed section. I will never forget the circumstances of that early morning. And never forget him. I attended his funeral and spoke to his son and daughter. I only wish I could’ve done more. He will always be a true hero in my mind and dedicated officer. Rest in peace.

Retired Sgt. Anthony Brown
Los Angeles Airport Police

January 22, 2020

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