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Hit-and-Run Accident Leaves Los Angeles Police Officer Dead

Posted on May 9, 2014

Los Angeles Police Officer Killed in Hit-and-RunA Los Angeles Police Department officer was struck and killed early Saturday in a hit-and-run crash.

Roberto Sanchez died at the hospital after the patrol car he was driving was broadsided by an SUV. He was a six-year veteran of the force. The car was so badly damaged that Sanchez’s partner had to call for help on his personal cell phone because the police radio was no longer working. Sanchez and his partner were best friends.

The surviving officer was hospitalized with a broken jaw and other injuries. He name was not released.

“This third loss of an officer in the line of duty in just two months is a stark and tragic reminder of the dangers our first responders face every day,” Garcetti said in a statement.

“Today the world has lost a true hero. Roberto will be greatly missed as a protector of our society and even more as a person,” Los Angeles Police Protective League President Tyler Izen said in a statement.

So far, investigators are piecing together the accident. Preliminary information from the crash site suggests the officers were following another car when both vehicles attempted to make a U-turn. That is when the SUV slammed into the patrol car, according to police.

The SUV driver then fled the scene, and police later detained a person of interest. No other details about the accident were available.

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Source: ABC News

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