Officer Chad Swanson, a dedicated 13-year veteran of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, lost his life in a tragic multi-vehicle crash on the northbound 405 Motorway in the Carson area. This tragic event sent shockwaves through the Manhattan Beach community and law enforcement agencies across California. The tragedy, which happened along Del Amo Boulevard at around 5:15 in the morning, has left a huge hole in the hearts of his loved ones, coworkers, and the larger community.
Officer Chad Swanson, 35, of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, was not only a well-liked officer but also a devoted husband and father of three sons. The tragic accident that claimed his life unfolded in the early hours of that fateful day when he was believed to have been either on duty or en route to work.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash involved Officer Swanson’s motorcycle and three other vehicles. Preliminary findings suggest that one of these vehicles, possibly traveling at an excessive speed, initiated a lane change, leading to a collision with another vehicle. This collision set off a chain reaction, resulting in a loss of control for one of the vehicles. Tragically, Officer Swanson’s motorcycle was struck by one of the vehicles involved, causing him to be thrown to the ground.
Despite the valiant efforts of first responders and medical personnel, Officer Swanson succumbed to his injuries at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. His tragic passing serves as a stark reminder of the inherent risks that law enforcement officers face every day while serving their communities.
The aftermath of the crash saw all northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway in the area temporarily closed to facilitate a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. The closure led to significant traffic congestion, with miles of backed-up vehicles as investigators worked diligently to piece together the events that led to this heartbreaking loss.
One other individual involved in the accident sustained minor injuries and was transported to a hospital for medical care. Importantly, all other motorists involved in the crash remained at the scene and cooperated fully with investigators, as reported by the CHP.
The news of Officer Swanson’s untimely passing sent shockwaves throughout the Manhattan Beach community and beyond. Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery expressed his deep condolences, saying, “The entire Manhattan Beach community is mourning the loss of an officer who dedicated his career to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents. His fearless contributions to our community and beyond were marked by bravery, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to duty.”
Manhattan Beach police Chief Rachel Johnson paid tribute to Officer Swanson, highlighting his exceptional courage and dedication. “Our beloved officer exemplified courage, and his impact reached far beyond the precinct, touching the lives of those who had the privilege of working alongside him,” Chief Johnson said. “His absence leaves an indelible void within our tight-knit law enforcement family and the community he served.”
Lt. Kelly Benjamin, struggling to hold back tears, shared her heartfelt sentiments about Officer Swanson’s tragic loss. She recalled his passion for motorcycle policing and his love for riding his bike, a passion that he had embraced since joining the department as a motorcycle officer.
Officer Swanson’s commitment to public safety extended beyond the city limits of Manhattan Beach. In a poignant moment, Lt. Benjamin revealed that Officer Swanson was present at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from a nearby hotel. During this terrifying ordeal, Officer Swanson exhibited remarkable heroism by assisting in evacuating people and helping victims amidst the chaos and danger.
As the Manhattan Beach community grapples with the immense loss of Officer Chad Swanson, the city and the police department are rallying together to provide unwavering support to his grieving family. The tragic incident has not only shaken the foundations of the police department but also underscored the tremendous sacrifices made by law enforcement officers in their unwavering commitment to protecting their communities.
Late Wednesday morning, a somber procession of police vehicles prepared to escort Officer Swanson’s body from Harbor UCLA Medical Center to the county Medical Examiner’s Office in Downtown Los Angeles. This final tribute to Officer Chad Swanson serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that dedicated law enforcement officers make in the lives of those they serve and protect.
The loss of Officer Chad Swanson is a tragic reminder of the inherent risks and sacrifices that come with a career in law enforcement. As we mourn the passing of this dedicated officer, we must also reflect on the bravery, integrity, and commitment to duty that defined his service. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his family, colleagues, and the community he served, serving as a testament to the extraordinary contributions of those who choose to wear the uniform and protect and serve their fellow citizens.