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.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 13994

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Ha! I was working the night of the spray painted tennis shoes described by my good, departed friend “JJ”. Leave it to “weird Wayne” to come up with that solution. He did keep us all laughing. So many years later, the mere thought of Wayne makes me smile. Cops are truly family like no other.

Timothy Smith. Sergeant II
LAPD retired

July 6, 2019

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