Alleged DUI Driver Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges in LAPD Officer’s Death

A Pacoima woman has pleaded not guilty to additional charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter in connection with a traffic collision that killed an LAPD motorcycle officer, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.

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An SUV struck a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle in Sun Valley on April 5, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33 had previously pleaded not guilty to two felony charges — driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and possession of cocaine — stemming from the April 5 crash that initially left Officer Christopher Cortijo critically injured.

The officer was stopped at a red light when Cobb allegedly hit his motorcycle from behind, according to a news release from the DA’s office.

Cortijo, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, died four days later from his injuries.

The initial charges against Cobb were filed by the DA’s office prior to Cortijo’s death.

Cobb pleaded not guilty to the amended charges during a Friday morning hearing in front of L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Kellogg, according to the release.

Her bail was set at $1 million by Kellogg, the release stated.

She was scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 10.

Cobb has prior conviction for grand theft and drug possession, according to the DA’s office. She faces 25 years to life in state prison if convicted on the amended charges.