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02-03-09, 10:15 PM #1
Wrong-way driver kills police officer on 10 Freeway
What a shame. This hurts bad. From what I have read on other news sites this man was a highly decorated and valued officer. Medal of Valor and Police officer of the year on three separate occasions for his dept.
My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Two die in head-on collision on 10 Freeway
Two die in head-on collision on 10 Freeway - Los Angeles Times
The early morning crash on L.A.'s Westside left a Culver City police officer and a Van Nuys man dead. It also created a traffic nightmare.
By Corina Knoll
January 29, 2009
A Culver City police officer and a 21-year-old Van Nuys man were killed Wednesday in a head-on collision that closed several lanes of the 10 Freeway for hours during the morning commute.
Sgt. Curtis Massey, 41, was driving east on his way to work when he was struck about 5 a.m. just west of National Boulevard by a silver Toyota Camry traveling the wrong way, said Officer Miguel Luevano of the California Highway Patrol. Massey's unmarked police car, a four-door Dodge Charger, was engulfed in flames.
No one else was hurt, and the CHP is investigating. Pete Demetriou, a radio reporter for KFWB-AM (980), was driving to work about 4:55 a.m. on the eastbound 10 when he saw a car, driven by the Van Nuys man, coming toward him.
"You're used to seeing headlights coming at you, but you assume they're on the other side," he said. "At about 200 yards I realized he was coming in my lane." Demetriou said he called police after the car passed him traveling about 65 mph. All eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes of the 10 were closed at the 405 Freeway until about 1 p.m.
Massey, who is survived by a wife and three young children, was a 17-year veteran of the Police Department and was most recently assigned to the juvenile detective bureau.
Police Chief Don Pedersen told reporters that Massey dedicated much of his free time to working with at-risk teens and every year volunteered for the Santa sleigh, a holiday event in which officers escort Santa Claus around the city and distribute presents to children.
"He was a friend and trusted colleague who could always be counted on to be the first one to volunteer for an assignment," Pedersen said of Massey, who was a Medal of Valor recipient. "The community today has lost a dedicated police sergeant."
Megan Gallagher, 28, a former community service officer who worked with the department for five years, was shocked when she heard the news about Massey, a colleague who had served as her mentor.
"He was someone I looked up to and someone I trusted at the station -- being one of the few females there it's kind of hard to talk to everybody," she said. "When I started there, we have to get our uniforms and he offered up his jacket so I didn't have to spend the money. He made my first days there comfortable. He was an automatic friend from Day One."
On behalf of Massey's family, the department has set up the Sgt. Curtis Massey Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to Culver City Employees Federal Credit Union, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.
Sergeant Curtis Massey, Culver City Police Department
Sergeant Curtis Massey
Culver City Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Sergeant Curtis Massey was killed in an automobile accident when his unmarked vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle driven the wrong way in I-10 at approximately 5:00 am.
The driver of the vehicle that struck him was also killed in the accident.
Sergeant Curtis had served with the agency for 17 years and was assigned to the Juvenile Detective Bureau. He is survived by his wife and three young children.
Agency Contact Information
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 837-1221
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02-03-09, 10:53 PM #2
02-04-09, 01:43 AM #3
RIP my Brother"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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02-04-09, 08:14 AM #4
RIP BrotherNever be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
02-04-09, 08:26 AM #5
02-04-09, 04:37 PM #6
Rest in peace.
02-04-09, 04:38 PM #7
Rest in peace.
02-04-09, 06:26 PM #8
Rest in peace, Sergeant. My thoughts and prayers are with Sgt. Curtis Massey's family, friends and colleagues.
02-06-09, 04:01 PM #9
02-06-09, 07:32 PM #10
RIP Brother. Smoke and prayers from Kansas. My thoughts and condolences to his family and friends. What a waste.JamesDept of the Army Civilian Police"Loyalty above all else, except Honor"Never forget those who fell on 9/11/01S&W beats 4 Aces every time
02-06-09, 08:18 PM #11
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02-06-09, 10:35 PM #12
That sucks. I lost a friend in 1978, same circumstances. His partner was left brain damaged. RIP.When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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