Services Scheduled for LAPD Motorcycle Officer Who Died After Crash

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Services for a veteran LAPD motorcycle officer who died after an alleged DUI driver crashed into him were scheduled for April 21 and 22, the Police Department announced Friday.


LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo died four days after being struck by an alleged DUI driver in Sun Valley on April 5, 2014. (Credit: LAPD)

A viewing for Officer Chris Cortijo was set for 3 to 9 p.m. April 21 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, next to Griffith Park.

A memorial service, followed by traditional honors, was to be held at 9 a.m. April 22 at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

A procession to Cortijo’s gravesite at Forest Lawn was expected to precede his burial.

Cortijo served as a U.S. Marine, was a father and was well-liked within the department, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday.

He was a 26-year veteran of the department who had arrested more than 3,000 alleged DUI motorists, Beck said, calling it a tragedy that Cortijo was killed by one.

Cortijo died Wednesday, four days after he was struck from behind when stopped at a red light in Sun Valley. Cortijo was crushed between the SUV that him and a car stopped in front of him, according to police.


The Los Angeles Police Department sent out this image with information on funeral arrangements for Chris Cortijo.

Motorist Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, of Pacoima, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and possession of cocaine in the April 5 crash.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office had not announced any additional charges against her as of Friday afternoon.

Cortijo’s death came two days after a gunman opened fire inside the LAPD’s West Traffic Division lobby, leaving one officer was shot multiple times.

Last month, veteran LAPD Hollywood Division Officer Nicholas Lee was killed when his patrol car was struck by a big-rig in Beverly Hills.

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect dates for the viewing and memorial. The post has been updated.