A veteran sheriff’s sergeant and his canine partner were taken for medical treatment after a traffic collision in East Los Angeles on Thursday.
The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. at Rogers Street and City Terrace Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release.
The sergeant’s SUV collided with a silver Ford Focus. That driver, identified as 21-year-old Carlos Alberto Turcios, was not injured, the California Highway Patrol said.
The sergeant, 16-year veteran who serves in the Transportation Services Bureau, was taken to a hospital. The canine, “Folty,” was take to a veterinarian as a precaution, sheriff’s officials said.
The sergeant was conscious and had minor injuries, according to a sheriff’s deputy acting as a spokesman for the department.
The Focus had been traveling west on City Terrace Drive as it approached Rogers Street. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s vehicle was waiting on Rogers Street to make a left turn onto eastbound City Terrace Drive, according to the CHP investigation.
“For reasons that are still being investigated,” the deputy then onto City Terrace Drive as the Ford was crossing the intersection, the report states.
Turcios was unable to stop and struck the left side of the patrol car.
The deputy’s car continued until it hit against a curb. Since the vehicle was left in drive, it drove into a metal gate while the deputy was being treated, CHP said.
Video from the scene showed a silver sedan with a shattered windshield and front-end damage, and a sheriff’s K-9 Unit SUV on the sidewalk, facing a wrought-iron fence head on.
The CHP report notes that Turcios used a seatbelt, but the corresponding section for the deputy was left incomplete.
An 10 Freeway exit in the area was closed during the investigation.