A speeding motorist died Thursday morning after colliding with another car roughly 20 minutes after he eluded police in an earlier pursuit, authorities said.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies chased the same motorist about 8:20 a.m., when they saw him "going very quickly and erratically on the road" at Compton Boulevard and Aprilia Avenue, said Lt. Tony Lucia. "The guy was obviously driving like a maniac."
The pursuit was called off about 30 to 40 seconds later for safety reasons because of the driver's speed, said Lt. Reinhardt Schuerger.
Sheriff's Department detectives then saw the driver about 20 minutes later while they were waiting at a stoplight on Compton Boulevard at Willowbrook Avenue. They "heard this guy screeching behind them," Schuerger said.