A blood drive was planned for Tuesday to help the Los Angeles Police Department officer critically injured in a crash in Sun Valley over the weekend involving a suspected DUI driver.
Tuesday’s drive was scheduled after an “overwhelming” show of support for the officer during a blood drive on Monday, according a tweet from the California Highway Patrol.
The unidentified officer was injured in a crash Saturday that occurred about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street (map), according to Sgt. Jodie McGee of the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division.
The officer, a 26-year-veteran of the force, was stopped at a red light when he was struck from behind by a Chevy Blazer that failed to stop, McGee said. The officer’s motorcycle became trapped between the Chevy Blazer and a Honda Accord that was stopped in front of it.
The officer has undergone multiple surgeries since being admitted to the hospital, according to his commanding officer, Capt. Maureen Ryan.
Qaneak Cobb, 33, of Pacoima was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Cobb was scheduled to be arraigned in Van Nuys on Tuesday.
The Blood Mobile was expected to take donations at the Mission Station (map) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was open to the public, according to an advisory from the LAPD.