The identity of the man who managed to escape the Azusa police and met his demise when he drove his vehicle off a cliff in the Angeles National Forest has been publicly released on Saturday.
According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Noe Rios, a resident of Duarte who was 35 years old, passed away due to traumatic injuries.
According to Lt. Jake Bushey, spokesperson for the Azusa Police Department, at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Thursday, officers were notified about an individual with mental health issues. They were requested to conduct a welfare check.
According to Bushey, the authorities soon found Rios driving a vehicle heading north on Azusa Avenue in the downtown region and tried to stop him. This resulted in a low-speed chase that proceeded into Azusa Canyon.
After entering the canyon’s entrance, Rios drove for approximately a mile before veering off the road and plummeting down a steep 350-foot embankment.
Upon arrival at the scene, Rios was pronounced dead by officials from both the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The reason behind his mental health crisis remains unknown at this point. As of now, an investigation is underway to determine the cause.
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