Woman Indicted for Murder in 2014 Crash That Killed LAPD Motorcycle Officer

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Qaneak Cobb, shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page, was charged in connection with an April 5, 2014, crash that killed an LAPD motorcycle officer.

A Pacoima woman with prior drug and theft convictions has been indicted for murder in the 2014 fatal crash that killed LAPD motorcycle Officer Christopher Cortijo, officials said Wednesday.

The three-count indictment against Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 35, was unsealed Tuesday. She was charged with one count each of murder, possession of a controlled substance, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.

Cobb pleaded not guilty to the charges and was being held on $1 million bail, the DA’s office stated.

Cortijo was stopped at a red light behind another vehicle at Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street in Sun Valley on April 5, 2014, when he was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Blazer, allegedly being driven by Cobb.

Cortijo was crushed between the two vehicles and died four days later from his injuries.

He was a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, a former U.S. Marine, and a father. Cortijo had arrested more than 3,000 alleged DUI motorists, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said upon his death, calling it a tragedy that the officer was killed by one.


LAPD Officer Christopher Cortijo was a 26-year veteran of the force. (Credit: KTLA)

Following the crash, Cobb was charged with driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and possession of cocaine.

Additional charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter were later added to the case against Cobb .

“With the superseding indictment, that case will now be dismissed,” the DA’s office stated.

The indictment states that Cobb was in possession of cocaine base at the time of the crash.

If convicted, Cobb faces up to life in state prison, according to the news release.

She has prior conviction for grand theft and drug possession, the DA’s office stated. The indictment shows Cobb’s 2012 conviction for felony possession of a controlled substance, as well as 2008 and 1999 theft convictions.

Cobb is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 26 for a pretrial conference.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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