A motor deputy that worked for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was hit while attempting to initiate a traffic stop in the Lakewood area Thursday morning, according to this report from KTLA. He was 41 years old, and he was survived by a wife and two children, ages 7 and 11.
The tragic accident occurred shortly before 9 in the morning when the deputy initiated a traffic stop with a Dodge Charger. He was on his motorcycle behind the Charger. They were traveling northbound on Paramount. The Charger continued through the intersection of Paramount and Del Amo.
The deputy’s motorbike collided with a Mercedes-Benz in the middle of the intersection. The force of the impact was so great that the deputy was thrown far away from the crash. Investigators believe he died instantly upon impact with the ground.
Air footage of the aftermath of the crash showed wreckage strewn about in the intersection, along with the mangled remains of the motorcycle.
The driver of the Mercedes was treated at the scene but did not need to be taken to the hospital. The sheriff described this collision as an “unfortunate accident.” That said, the crash is under investigation, and footage is being reviewed to determine if anyone was at fault.