LAPD Officer Injured in Fatal Harbor City Crash Released From Hospital

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A Los Angeles Police Department officer who was critically injured in a hit-and-run collision in Harbor City that left a fellow officer dead has been released from the hospital, officials said Monday.


An LAPD officer was killed and another was injured after a hit-and-run crash in Harbor City on May 3, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The officer, identified by police sources as Richard Medina, was released Sunday around 4 p.m. and is recovering at home, according to LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

“Get well my brother,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck tweeted on Monday morning.

Medina was injured on Saturday morning after an SUV smashed into their patrol car, killing 32-year-old Officer Roberto Sanchez, his partner and best friend who was driving the vehicle, police said.

Both officers were six-year veterans of the LAPD and were stationed in the Harbor Division, according to police.

The collision occurred around 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of West Anaheim Street and President Avenue (map), according to the LAPD.

A preliminary report indicated the officers were following a white Chevrolet Camaro that was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed, according to Smith.

The Camaro then made a U-turn, officers followed and that was when the SUV crashed into the driver’s side of the vehicle, Smith said.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the car that the officers had initially been following.

A person detained after the crash was still in custody, according to LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who added that the person was booked for an unrelated crime.

The crash was still under investigation.

KTLA’s Eric Spillman and Tracy Bloom contributed to this report.