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LAPD Motor Officer Dies from Crash Injuries

April 10, 2014  | 

Officer Christopher Cortijo (Photo: LAPD)
Officer Christopher Cortijo (Photo: LAPD)

A Los Angeles motorcycle officer, who was struck this past weekend in Sun Valley by a driver allegedly under the influence of drugs, has died, department officials said Wednesday.

Officer Christopher Cortijo was a 26-year police veteran who was assigned to DUI enforcement, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. He was gravely injured and went into a coma after a Chevy Blazer slammed into his motorcycle, which was stopped at a red light at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The driver, a Pacoima woman whose license had expired years ago, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. After several days in the Intensive Care Unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, with officers or family at his bedside around the clock, Cortijo was taken off his ventilator on Wednesday, officials said.

"Officer Cortijo was a cop's cop, and a true gentlemen.  A finer police
officer you will never meet," said retired LAPD Captain (and POLICE Advisory
Board member) Greg Meyer, who was Cortijo's captain for five years, and who responded to the hospital and collision scene on the night of the tragedy.

"That Chris was taken from his personal family and his police family because
of a (suspected) DUI-drugs driver is extra-painful, because Chris devoted his career as a motorcycle officer to arresting literally thousands of DUI drivers. The driver in this case will likely face a murder charge because of her past
drug and driving history. That will not bring Chris back to us, but it is a
case I shall follow closely," Meyer added.

View Officer Cortijo's Funeral Procession.

Comments (9)

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Larry Romero @ 4/10/2014 3:36 PM

Officer Cortijo you and your family are being remembered by my family in our thoughts and prayers. I lost my grandfather, Joe Romero LAPD many years ago to an on duty crash. God love you and your family.

Larry Romero
Santa Clara Police Department
Santa Clara, Ca.

LAPD brother @ 4/10/2014 3:37 PM

Its been a rough month for us. 2officers down from TCs and officers shot IN the station.. Lord watch over us...

CJ832 @ 4/10/2014 4:04 PM

God rest your soul Officer Cortijo! God Bless your family and help them find strength. May all the citizens which you've served recognize and always have a place in their hearts for you! Officer Cortijo, rest easy, we'll take it from here...

Sburgos @ 4/10/2014 6:33 PM

Bless your years of service. Sincere prayers to your family. We will hold the line from here. Rest and watch over all of us in Law Enforcement.

Sburgos @ 4/10/2014 6:38 PM

Bless all your years of service. Sincere prayers to your family. We will hold the line from here. Rest and please watch over all of us in Law Enforcement.

KevCopAz @ 4/10/2014 6:47 PM

Brother Cortijo, Thank you for your years of service, if not for you many others may have been killed by DUI maniacs. Our hearts & prayers go out to you and your family. God bless your soul, I know you will be in the Police Motorcade in heaven welcoming all our brothers and sisters who join you.

THOMAS H JENKINS @ 4/10/2014 9:32 PM

Bro CORTIJO, may you rest in Peace. Semper Fi, Bro

Cassandra @ 4/11/2014 12:35 AM

The FBI should start to investigate neighborhoods where drug addicts are consuming illegal drugs to arrest the drug dealers . In Beverly Hills 90210 there are several drug addicts driving in the neighborhood due to police negligence to avoid investigations against drug addicts . This is the result of Obama allowing people to open green crosses , fake places where many people goes to get high then innocent people pays the price facing drivers under the influence of illegal drugs not medical . Since these places opened the level of another illegal drugs increment . I hope the attorney sues the government for a huge amount of money and he should go to the FBI to investigate the level of complaints in West Los Angeles especially in 90210 in regards neighbors complaining about illegal drugs and police detectives refusing to do proper investigations to avoid sad situation as officer Cortijo .

Ima Leprechaun @ 4/13/2014 3:15 PM

Rest in Peace Officer Cortijo. The violator deserves to die in the gas chamber but if we are lucky she might do a year in jail and 5 yrs probation and go out and do it again. God Bless Law Enforcement Officers everywhere. Just because you might be in the most boring town in America doesn't mean you are safe from these nutballs, they are everywhere.

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