On their way to the scene of a robbery, two police cars collided, resulting in the death of one officer and the hospitalization of another. It is unclear whether or not the officer who died in the fatal crash was wearing a seatbelt.
The California patrol officer, age 26, died on Sunday around 6 a.m. in a local hospital. The other officer in the collision was listed in stable condition at the same local hospital.
The robbery they were going to investigate took place in a downtown parking lot, where the officers were going to speak to the overnight attendant. The attendant may have been able to offer more information on people or the vehicle suspected to be connected to the robbery.
The damaged police cars stayed at the crash site until about noon while the California Highway Patrol and other agencies investigated the crash. The streets nearby were closed, causing some businesses to be closed in the morning.
The county Police Department has turned over the investigation to other departments for multiple reasons, including giving other officers the chance to mourn and full transparency in the investigation. The California Highway Patrol's major accident investigation team is leading the inquiry into the fatal accident.
The flag at the local Police Department was at half-staff on Sunday. The officer was the fourth in the county to die in the line of duty. The Police Chief stated that the entire department is in mourning for the two year veteran, who was known for being energetic and friendly. He was well-liked by both the other members of the department and the community.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune "Officer dies in crash when police cars collide in Alhambra intersection" July, 11, 2011