April 8, 2014
A police officer was rear-ended by a Chevy Blazer SUV on Saturday, leaving him in critical condition and fighting for his life.
According to authorities, the incident occurred in Sun Valley at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street Saturday evening at 5:34 pm. Reports state that the officer was sandwiched between the SUV, who rear-ended him, and a red sedan in front of him.
One officer reported bluntly, “he had no chance to get out of the way.”
The officer has not been identified by name out of respect for the family. But reports describe him as a 26-year veteran of the Valley Traffic Division.
A local witness stated, “I saw his helmet right across the street. From what I understand, his helmet just basically flew off all the way to the other side of the street.”
By Sunday, reports came in that 33-year-old Qaneak Cobb had been arrested for suspicion of DUI and narcotics. He is one of two arrests made in the incident, facing felony charges and is being held on $185,000 bail.
A vigil was held following the accident on Saturday evening in front of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills where the officer is being treated. It was attended by over 50 officers comprised both of friends, family and strangers.
A blood drive was held yesterday on behalf of the officer, with up to two hours of wait time to those who came to offer their support. The officer remains in a medically-induced coma, and since the accident has undergone two separate surgeries.
As riders we hope that those around us are in a state suitable for operating a vehicle. Though it may seem slightly absurd, it also is not entirely uncommon for drivers to ‘overlook our presence’ at stops, running into the back of us. Many, including myself, will argue that this is one of the best reasons for the legality of lane-splitting. With that said, the officer in this case was as they say in the wrong place at the wrong time. He made no mistakes, and instead was entirely the victim of faults made by the driver of the Chevy Blazer.
Our thoughts are with the officer and his recovery, and the Los Angeles motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish our deepest condolences to the affected family, friends and strangers alike. We beg our readers, please look out for yourselves as well as the other riders on the road.