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LAPD sergeant rams auto on freeway, kills occupant

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center with what were described as moderate injuries. He is expected to recover. Investigators are trying to determine whether the disabled car had its hazard lights on, CHP spokesman Leland Tang said. But even if it didn’t, the officer should have seen the car, he said. Why he didn’t “will probably be the million-dollar question,” Tang said. PORTER RANCH – An LAPD officer struck and killed a Sylmar man as the man was attempting to get out of his disabled car on the 118 Freeway, authorities said Friday. The 51-year-old officer, a sergeant with more than 20 years on the force, was on duty when the collision occurred about 10:35 p.m. Thursday on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Freeway just east of Mason Avenue. Juan Manuel Martinez-Cortez, 37, was sitting in his car in the freeway’s second-from-the-left lane after he was involved in a previous crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. It’s unclear what happened to the other car in that crash. Martinez-Cortez tried to get out of his car just as the Los Angeles Police Department cruiser was approaching. The officer apparently didn’t see the disabled car in time to react and rear-ended it, according to the CHP report. Martinez-Cortez died at the scene. last_img read more