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UPDATE: CHP Still Investigating Culver City K9 Officer Involved in Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

The incident occurred at 3:17 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. Karen Roc, 47, was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with a fractured pelvis.

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.

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RG February 15, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I've lived in Culver City since I was eleven and let me tell you Culver City Police officers at times drive through this city like it were a war zone. I casually brought the issue up to lawyer friend of mine who stated that if the cruiser does not have it's sirens on it is obligated to operate the vehicle as a civilian, obeying all traffic rules. I grew up in Santa Monica, where I very frequently visit, and I've rarely seen their police officers drive in the manner that ours do. They must have a reason...perhaps we experience more crime, probably do, but still...the difference is remarkable. I think the only difference, ahem, is that in Santa Monica its residents have more of a history of being out on their feet and bikes (and more of a history of making their voices heard by city government). This has only recently been the case in Culver City...
gladys February 17, 2013 at 06:10 AM
The unit went blazing down Washington well above the speed limit
GM February 18, 2013 at 06:03 PM
It finally happened. After months (years) of complaining and warning to the City about the hazardous traffic condition on Washington Blvd and the need for a pedestrian crosswalk, someone has now been seriously injured trying to cross the street. A young mother, my neighbor and friend, walking to La Ballona Elementary School to pick up her daughter was run down by a Culver City Police car. I was out walking my dog and saw the police car speeding east on Washington. Why the officer was driving so fast is really not the issue. I'm sure the officer feels terrible for what he did. If only we had had a pedestrian crosswalk, one that has flashing warning lights when someone is crossing the street, perhaps this horrible accident could have been avoided. How many more victims will it take before the City does the right thing to protect its citizens? The cost of the impending lawsuit from this one incident is going to be far greater than the cost of a pedestrian crosswalk at this location. This is a school zone not only for La Ballona, but it's also where students from CCHS/Middle School cross Washington Blvd, and members from the Mosque cross daily. I think we've waited long enough. It's time for the City to act.
SJ February 20, 2013 at 05:08 AM
RG! What a relief that someone else witnesses what I witness. GM, did you read what RG posted? About 2 weeks ago a CC police car was driving south on Overland. When it was near Braddock it had its lights and sirens on. Then, both the sirens and lights were turned off, but the cop kept FLYING! I mean it was scary. He had to be going at least 55 mph, being that traffic was flowing around 40 mph. I have also seen CC police doing 50 - 55 on weekend mornings driving on Washington Blvd. These guys are INSANE!! (again, no lights; just joy-riding)

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