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Sheriff’s deputy injured in crash

SUV and patrol car collide

Posted: October 8, 2009 9:17 p.m.
Updated: October 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.

CHP officers investigate a crash that occured at the intersection of The Old Road and Valencia Blvd. on Thursday. The driver of a Cadillac Escalade, background, collided with a sheriff's patrol car that was responding to a call.

The driver of an SUV collided with a sheriff's patrol car Thursday in Stevenson Ranch, injuring a deputy who was rushing to join the pursuit of a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, and no one else was hurt, officials said. A third vehicle was also involved in the crash.

About 8:10 a.m., the deputy was traveling southbound on The Old Road on his way to join other deputies who were following a potentially stolen vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz.

He was crossing the intersection of The Old Road and Valencia Boulevard going 5 to 10 mph when a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, headed eastbound on Valencia, slammed into his patrol car, Lutz said.

The Escalade had a green light to go, but the deputy had his emergency lights flashing and siren blaring as he entered the intersection against a red light, Lutz said.

The force of the collision sent the SUV spinning into a 2006 Lincoln Navigator that was preparing to turn left onto Valencia, the officer said.

The impact pushed the patrol car through the intersection and up against a curb, said Lutz and Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen.

The deputy received minor injuries and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Cohen said.
CHP officials are still investigating the cause of the collision.

Deputies closed lanes around the intersection for about an hour and a half after the crash, Cohen said, but did not issue any citations in the incident.

"It's more of a civil and insurance issue than anything," said Cohen, who said in similar instances, one of the involved drivers may receive an infraction for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Cohen said such crashes happen occasionally.

"It's dangerous driving a patrol car, and it's dangerous responding to emergencies," he said. "Unfortunately, it happens too often."


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