Los Angeles Police Department Officer Chris Cortijo, 51, succumbed to injuries on April 9, 2014, that were sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck from behind by an impaired driver.
Officer Cortijo was stopped at a red light when the impaired driver struck him from behind at full speed, trapping him between the drunk driver’s vehicle and the vehicle that was in front of him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma until succumbing to his injuries.
The driver who struck Officer Cortijo was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cocaine.
Officer Cortijo was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 26 years.