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CHP Officer In Critical Condition After Crash Injures 4

CHP Officer In Critical Condition After Crash Injures 4

405 Closed After Accident involving CHP Officer405 Closed After Accident involving CHP Officer [California Highway Patrol]

Associated Press

June 10, 2010

LOS ANGELES—A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer and three others were taken to the hospital Wednesday after a three-vehicle crash shut down the northbound 405 Freeway for several hours, backing up traffic for miles.

Phillip Ortiz, a 27-year veteran based at the CHP’s West Los Angeles station, was making a traffic stop on the right shoulder of the highway near the Interstate 10 interchange about 8:35 a.m., said CHP Officer Miguel Luevano.

In a statement, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center officials said Ortiz, 52, remains in critical condition. His family has requested their privacy.

Witnesses told investigators that a car traveling on the shoulder to try to pass slower traffic suddenly came upon the stopped motorcycle and SUV, Luevano said.

Trying to avoid the vehicles, the car crashed into the officer, shoving him and his motorcycle forward into the stopped SUV, Luevano said. The force of the impact caused the SUV to overturn, and the officer was pinned in the tangle of car wreckage until rescuers extricated him, Luevano said.

The SUV’s two occupants and the car’s driver were also transported to UCLA Medical Center.

The occupants of the SUV suffered minor injures, Luevano said. The condition of the other driver was unknown.

The northbound freeway was closed between Venice Boulevard and I-10 until the early afternoon.


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    skascooter007

    about 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    God was on your side that day.

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    medic4u2

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I hope they fry the driver,Im so sick of ignorant people.

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    iHenry

    about 4 years ago

    276 Comments

    Get well soon guy.
    And that driver needs to be charged with and held responsible for all injuries and damages. There is no excuse for using the shoulder as your own personal passing lane.

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    praying for a speedy recovery

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    MajorJud

    about 4 years ago

    60 Comments

    May God love you and bring you to recovery, Officer Ortiz. Meanwhile, the CHP lost another motor officer today - Thomas Coleman. RIP Officer Coleman.

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    Robocop33

    about 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Anyone have an update on our Brother? Praying he is doing well and recovering.

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    granny1

    about 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    this is so avoidable. if the traffic is not moving,what was he thinking. my prayers go out to officer Ortiz. may good put his healing hands upon you.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Being a CHP Officer is so dangerous. They deserve out prayers always.

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    ptlmdbutler

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    I pray that you are not in as bad a shape as the photo above shows you should be and that you recover quickly.

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    buck

    about 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    God Bless and prayers to speedy recovery.

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    Rocco0311

    about 4 years ago

    488 Comments

    Prayers to Officer Ortiz for a speedy recovery and return to protecting the highways of California again

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    fraustr1

    about 4 years ago

    532 Comments

    "My prayers go out to the officer and his family".

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    wiseass0282

    about 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Wishing for a full recover for the Officer and driver of the SUV. That idiot who just had get to where they were going in such a big hurry and decided that passing on the shoulder was such a great idea can rot in hell. I hope he spends many years behind bars.

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    kim1492

    about 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    As the person in charge of our Motor Unit I worry each day about their safety and well being dur to foolish drivers being in such a damned hurry. This is so tragic and I pray for this officer and his family. Get well soon brother.

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    RoyalVT

    about 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    praying for a quick recovery to this officer! people need to slow down!!

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