(July 3, 2005) -- Friends of the man who sparked a July 1 Sheriff pursuit on Bellflower Blvd. that produced a multi-car crash at Spring St., killing the fleeing man and injuring several people, have put up a homemade memorial at the site.
They happened to be present today (July 3) when LBReport.com (which heard about it from others) came by to photograph it on the SW corner of Bellflower/Spring.
The L.A. County Coroner's office has identified the individual killed while fleeing from Sheriffs as Joseph Dennis Glenn, 36, of LB. Messages written on a poster board on site were addressed to "Joey."
A woman who identified herself as Joseph Glenn's girlfriend, Tracy Boggs (left), said he was on parole, failed to check in with his parole officer, knew he would be sent to jail for this but was trying to get his life together and wanted to make sure she was taken care of before turning himself in. "That's why he ran," she told us.
Ms. Boggs indicated Mr. Glenn knew that he would do about three months for not checking in with his parole officer, but insisted he hadn't done anything else wrong. "He was a good person," she said.
Both Ms. Boggs and another of Mr. Glenn's acquaintances indicated that substance abuse problems had led to his previous incarceration...but said he had successfully completed a program for this. "He didn't drink," Ms. Boggs said.
So if he saw the Sheriff's red lights behind him, why didn't he stop? Ms. Boggs reiterated that Mr. Glenn knew he faced jail for failing to report to his parole officer and "was more concerned with what was going to happen to me if he went away."
So what would she tell people who were injured by what took place? "I would tell them that I'm sorry. I know Joey would not want to hurt anybody," Ms. Boggs said.
Ms. Boggs said that some people had come to the homemade memorial and stolen items from it and even stomped on part of it. She said one man had denounced Mr. Glenn an ex-convict.
During the time we were present, two individuals arrived and indicated they'd known Joseph Glenn. One thanked those who put up the memorial; another asked about funeral arrangements (which are pending final Coroner action.)
The L.A. County Coroner's office tells LBReport.com that an autopsy is scheduled for July 4. Results of toxicological tests won't be known for roughly 8-10 weeks.
L.A. County Sheriff HQ initially referred media inquiries to LBPD...which handled the traffic collision aspects but (obviously) couldn't comment on the Sheriff's pursuit. Calls to the Lakewood Sheriff station indicate the case is being investigated and further information isn't likely to be forthcoming until July 5 at the earliest.