Photos and Story by Anthony Pardines
On Sunday night, around 11:30 p.m., I responded to a radio call for an LAFD Rescue Ambulance dispatched to the scene of an injury accident involving an LAPD patrol car. I was not nearby the accident scene, but I traveled to Saticoy Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys because it was not clear how serious the accident was, but LAFD first responders had mentioned a “possible roll-over.”
On the way, I heard over the scanner that the LAFD ambulance had just departed the scene and were transporting the two patrol officers to Northridge Hospital. The officers were stated to have suffered “minor injuries” according to the LAFD radio calls.
At the scene, Van Nuys Division LAPD patrol units had shutdown Saticoy Street west of Sepulveda Boulevard, as they investigated the crash scene. LAPD policy had just changed regarding patrol car crashes, and LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division was thoroughly scrutinizing the crash scene for evidence to what may have caused the crash.
From my observations at the scene, the Valley Traffic Division officers paid extra attention to a curb on the westbound side of Saticoy Street, where it appeared that the patrol car’s wheel possibly struck the curb possibly causing the driver to lose control. The car then swerved and spun around sideways across the opposing lanes from the looks of the related skid marks in the roadway, then finally hitting some residential property in front of houses on the south-side of the street (it looked like a brick pedestal for a residential mailbox and a planter box) before it hung up on top of shrubbery and other property debris.
LAPD officers at the scene would not comment on the accident, as the investigation was still on-going at the time.
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