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LAPD Motorcycle Officer Dies From Injuries After Crash

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(FOX 11/CNS) - A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who was struck by an SUV driven by an alleged impaired driver in Sun Valley died Wednesday.

The officer was struck around 5:30 p.m. Saturday while waiting at a red light at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street. The LAPD's Valley Traffic Division, where the officer worked, announced the officer's death via Twitter, saying, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we regret to announce the passing of our LAPD Brother in Blue. RIP We will miss you!"

LAPD Capt. Maureen Ryan tweeted, "Thank you for all your hard work and dedication you will be greatly missed. RIP brother. Our thoughts & prayers remain with your family."

Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers, also offered condolences via Twitter, saying, "We lost another great officer and partner."

 A Pacoima woman accused of striking the officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence of a drug and possession of cocaine.

Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 44, is accused of slamming her Chevrolet Blazer into the veteran officer as he was stopped at the intersection. The impact left the officer trapped between the Blazer and a Honda Accord that was in front of him.

It was not immediately known if she would face additional charges following the officer's death.

A blood drive was held in the officer's honor on Monday at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, where the officer was being treated. Hospital officials said 100 pints of blood were collected. Another drive was held Tuesday at the LAPD's Mission Station.

The officer is the second LAPD officer to die in the past five weeks. On March 7, Los Angeles police Officer Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, was killed when an out-of-control truck on steep Loma Vista Drive in Beverly Hills struck his patrol car head-on.

Another officer was injured Monday night when a gunman opened fire in the lobby of the LAPD's West Traffic Division. A female officer was injured March 24 when she responded to a domestic violence call in the Hollywood Hills and gunfire erupted.



LAPPL responds to death of LAPD motor officer

 Los Angeles, April 9 2014 – On behalf of all members of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), President Tyler Izen responded to the tragic news that the Los Angeles police motorcycle officer who was struck by a DUI driver in Sun Valley on Saturday has passed away. The accident occurred at the intersection of Saticoy Street and Lankershim Boulevard around 5:34 p.m. Motor Officer Christopher Cortijo was stopped a traffic light when he was struck from behind by a red Chevrolet Blazer traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer ended up pinned between two vehicles.


"Our hearts are broken," Izen said. "The LAPPL is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Officer Christopher Cortijo who was killed upholding the oath he swore: To protect his community. We extend our deepest condolences to the Cortijo family, friends and coworkers. Officer Cortijo paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to his community. We ask that the community please keep Officer Cortijo and his family in their prayers, and remember the sacrifices paid by law enforcement officers to keep our communities safe.

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