The Los Angeles Police Department is mourning the loss of one its own. The officer died in a truck accident on March 7. The officer had been with the department for 16 years, and his most recent assignment was in the Hollywood division. The LAPD also reports the man was a respected officer and family man.
The accident occurred on Loma Vista Drive near Beverly Hills' Greystone Mansion area. Details are sketchy at this point, but it appears two Los Angeles police officers, the veteran and a probationary officer, were in route to a call when the cruiser and a big rig collided. Preliminary reports blame the brakes on the semi truck involved for the crash.
The veteran officer did not survive the crash. Both the probationary officer and the driver of the 18-wheeler were both seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. Even so, their injuries are reportedly not life threatening.
It could take some time to conclude the investigation into this tragedy. No information was given regarding whether the cruiser had its lights and sirens on as the officers responded to a call. Further, a thorough mechanical inspection will need to be done to the vehicle to verify the supposition that the brakes failed.
The family of the fallen officer, the injured officer and the truck driver may all be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in connection with this truck accident. However, additional civil relief may be available to the parties if it turns out that the brakes on the big rig did fail. Civil actions may be filed against the party or parties deemed responsible for maintaining the vehicle and possibly other parties, depending on what the investigation documents. Any damages awarded by a court could help the victims, including the deceased victim's surviving family, with the financial burdens that usually accompany such tragedies.
Source: newstimes.com, Los Angeles officer killed in crash with big rig, No author, March 8, 2014