LAPD Motorcycle Officer in Grave Condition After Wreck; Suspect Arrested.
On Saturday afternoon an unnamed LAPD motorcycle officer was critically injured after being pinned between two vehicles and one person has been arrested.
Around 5:30 p.m. in the Mission Valley area the 26-year veteran of the LAPD was at a stop behind another vehicle at a traffic signal at the intersection of Lankershim and Saticoy. According to witnesses a red Chevrolet Blazer driven by 33-year-old Qaneak Cobb was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the back of the officer pinning him between the Blazer and the Honda Accord in front of him.
Witnesses included two nurses that immediately rushed to the aid of the officer who had been knocked unconscious. They found a pulse and worked to stabilize him until paramedics arrived. The force of the impact was so strong that the helmet of the offer was knocked off and came to a rest several yards away.
One nurse told news sources that upon impact the officer flew up and landed with half of his body draped over the front of his motorcycle. She stated that another witness found the officer’s walkie-talkie and called dispatch to request help.
Sgt. Frank Preciado told local media that the motorcycle offers are “very vulnerable” and, as such, they participate in a different types of training and riding courses; however, it’s difficult to take any type of evasive action when the situation is coming from behind the rider.
As of Sunday evening, the officer was listed in extremely critical condition after undergoing surgeries to halt the internal bleeding along with injuries to his head and spine. He remains in a medically induced coma at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
An unidentified passenger riding with Cobb in the Blazer has also been hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.
The LAPD Valley Traffic Division arrested Cobb at the scene on felony charges of narcotics and DUI; the resident of Pacoima had her bail set at $185,000 after being booked into the Van Nuys jail.
LA-area motorcyclists, along with any other citizens, are encouraged to take part in a blood drive being held at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center which is located at 15031 Rinaldi Street in Mission Hills. A blood drive on Monday will be held within the admitting area near the entrance to the emergency room.