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.

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.

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


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

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

motorcycle, patrol, weather

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I drove over that section of freeway about 20 minutes before it collapsed. I always think about this officer what I remember that morning. I hope his family found peace at some point after knowing he was doing something good.

MAJ David Scott Klajic
US Army (retired)

March 28, 2023

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