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Youth counselor killed during Baldwin Park police pursuit

A youth counselor on his way to pick up his paycheck was killed Friday morning in a collision with a vehicle being chased by Baldwin Park police, his co-workers and authorities said.

Walter Williams, 37, was driving north on Francisquito Avenue about 9:30 a.m. when he was struck by a blue sport utility vehicle at the intersection with Ramona Boulevard, said Don Gutierrez of Eggleston Youth Center, the nonprofit social service agency where Williams worked.

At least two police cars had been pursuing the stolen vehicle for more than two miles and were headed west when the accident occurred, Baldwin Park Police Lt. David Reynoso said. Williams was ejected from the vehicle, and his car was engulfed in flames, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several Eggleston employees who were also arriving to pick up paychecks rushed to Williams and attempted to stamp out the flames on his clothes, Gutierrez said. The police vehicles did not appear to have activated their lights or sirens, he said.

"Every time we are in pursuit, we do have our lights and sirens on," Reynoso said.

After the collision, the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot, but he was quickly detained by officers with the help of onlookers.

Williams worked with juveniles on probation and foster children. He had been a full-time employee of Eggleston for about a month.

-- Corina Knoll

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"The police vehicles did not appear to have activated their lights or sirens, he said."
WTH is the point of these guys going to the "Academy" if they cant follow simple routine? They too should be help for vehicular man-slaughter along with the fleeing suspect.

Oh, for crazy, no condemnation at all of the suspect who ran into this victim, and fled the scene? Any accountability for him, or just the police whom you hate and envy so much.

So no lights and sirens? Maybe the cops just gave a buzz to let the guy know that they wanted him to pull over and the suspect starts to take off and causes this deadly accident a few seconds after being asked to pull over? That sounds like what could happened. Some people forget the real cause of the accident was a guy who was running from the authorities.

My mother was at the scene of the crime passing by immediately after the accident occured. She stated that the police officer pulled him by the legs (as he laid on the grass on the sidewalk) to try to move him away from his car that was on fire. She also said numerous bystanders immediately helped the officer pull him by the legs to help pull Mr. Williams away from his burning car. She stated that it appeared that the windshield to the white vehicle was out and it appeared as though he had been ejected from the car. I passed by later after hearing the news and saw the mangled white car and now knowing Mr. Williams body lying under a yellow tarp covering surrounded by cones protecting his body from the onlookers around. May he rest in peace.

Why is it always the idiots who survive! Drunk drivers kill innocent people all the time and survive, its just so sad. And the driver is an idiot, he would have got jail time for auto theft now hes in for murder, yeah very smart. I sincerely hope the cops did have their sirens on, but all in all it was still the reckless criminal who killed the innocent victim. RIP

As tragic as this is & my prayers go out to this young man's family, the person who created this scene was indeed the coward who fled.

i just hope this stupid criminal gows to jail for murder not for something else less than murder he was commiting a crime when stricking williams.i was in eggleston youth center in 1998.i didnt know williams but my condolences goes out to his family may you rest in peace williams.this is very sad to hear this.

go easy on the guy he was just trying to feed his family

u haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11



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