Police Officer Clarence Wayne Dean

Police Officer Clarence Wayne Dean

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1994

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Clarence Wayne Dean

Officer Dean was killed when his motorcycle drove off 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 was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 26 years. He is survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 13994
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motorcycle, patrol, weather

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I was gravely injured on that day as well. I wasn't on a motorcyle, nor was I a police officer, but I WAS on a bicycle, heading to work on Rinaldi, and was thrown head first onto the pavement. I won't go into the details but I was very lucky to have survived. Afterwards, lying on a couch in my broken home, with my broken face I began to read the stories of those who didn't make it that morning, and Officer Dean's heroism still rings loudly even today. Without hesitation he drove south on the 14 to help those in need and paid the ultimate price for his bravery. Blessing to you and your family.

Paul Stewart

September 18, 2022

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