California Highway Patrol is still investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic accident that occurred at 3:17 p.m. on Thursday, when a 42-year-old Culver City K9 Police Officer traveling in a 2005 Ford eastbound on Washington Boulevard near Prospect Avenue struck a pedestrian - 47-year-old Karen Roc.
Roc was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where in a telephone call to Patch, Roc's husband, Philippe Roc said she was undergoing surgery for a broken pelvis. Click here to read the interview with Roc.
Culver City Police Captain Dave Tankenson told Patch, “There was a traffic collision involving one of our units and a pedestrian.”
Tankenson confirmed that the unit was K9 unit and that the female pedestrian had been taken to UCLA Medical Center “to get her injuries checked.”
An eyewitness who was on the scene following the incident said he spotted two sandals and a pair of sunglasses scattered across Washington Boulevard.
Tankenson said he could not confirm scanner reports that the officer in question had been responding to an altercation on a Culver City bus when the accident occurred.
“Because one of our employees was involved we have turned the investigation over to the California Highway Patrol,”Tankenson said.
The crash prompted a SigAlert on Washington Boulevard between Overland Avenue and
Sepulveda Boulevard. The roads were eventually re-opened at 6:05 p.m. Thursday.
CHP is still investigating the incident. Patch will bring you more details as they become available.