Off Duty Officer Struck On 60 Freeway In Chino

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An LAPD officer’s damaged motorcycle after crash on 60 freeway.

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An LAPD officer’s damaged motorcycle after crash on 60 freeway.

ChinoOn July 13, a veteran LAPD Central Traffic Division Officer was on his way to work when he was struck by an SUV on the 60 freeway near the City of Chino.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. on the westbound freeway near Mountain Avenue and was airlifted with major injuries, according to CHP.

CHP officials also stated that the accident occurred when a SUV swerved into the carpool lane after the vehicle had failed to slow for stopping traffic, according to a witness.

According to LAPD Officer Tony Im, the condition of the officer is not known but expected to survive as he’s being treated at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

As investigators were at the scene, the 60 freeway closed and reopened back up around 2 p.m.

As drivers, we should always be aware of our surroundings and look out for motorcyclists in order to avoid this situation from happening again. If you are a motorcycle driver, below are some extra tips by http://www.motorcycles.about.com to help you stay visible to vehicle drivers.

The first way to avoid being hit is to stay out of the blind spots of other vehicles and give you enough room to react. Ways to do so include:

  • Making sure you can see the drivers of the cars around you; if you can see them (through eye contact or in their mirrors), chances are you’re in their line of sight… but never assume anything.
  • Creating a safety buffer around you, which means leaving enough distance ahead of you, and giving yourself space to maneuver away from trouble.
  • Avoid lingering in the blind spots created by the A-pillars and C-pillars of cars; those are the front 3/4 and rear 3/4 angle views out of the driver seat. Passing can be a dangerous maneuver, so be especially aware when overtaking a car or another rider.
  • If you’re riding with a group, be sure to leave a safe distance around you, and ride in a staggered formation for maximum visibility.

If you have any information in regards to this incident, please contact Chino Police Department at (909) 628-1234.