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07-05-06, 02:24 PM #1
COVINA, Calif.-- A sergeant who was left in a state of semi-consciousness after a 2003 car crash died Monday of complications from injuries he sustained in the collision, police said.
Sgt. Scott Hanson was 45.
Hanson is the first Covina officer to die as a result of an on-duty incident, according to Chief Kim Raney.
"He always wanted to be a cop. He wanted to serve the city he grew up in and he died serving the city," Raney said.
Hanson, a 22-year veteran of the department, died at Doctors Hospital in West Covina. He was a lifelong Covina resident and graduated from Northview High School.
"It's a tragedy," said former councilman Walter Allen, who knew Hanson.
On Aug. 14, 2003, Hanson's patrol car was hit by a van on Citrus Avenue at Badillo Street. The police car spun out and hit a wall at Alpha Omega Restaurant.
He suffered severe brain damage. While he could hear and understand, Hanson couldn't speak and responded to questions by blinking his eyes. He required around-the-clock care.
He was retired from the department in August 2004.
Hanson was also instrumental in improving Barranca Park in the late '90s, police said.
Councilman Kevin Stapleton, who knew the officer before he got on the council, said he and Hanson were among those who put in a walkway for children at the park.
"He worked for the city, also lived in the city and participated as a resident. That was appreciated by a lot of people," Stapleton said.
Hanson started his career as a dispatcher with the Fullerton Police Department. Covina hired him as a police officer in 1983. He worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, senior officer and patrol sergeant. He had a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Chapman University.
He worked economic crimes for eight years and had a "tremendous aptitude" for grasping complex cases, Raney said.
Hanson is survived by his wife, Allison, his son, Andrew and his daughter, Sarah. Funeral services are pending.
07-05-06, 08:59 PM #2
His family and friends are in my prayers.
07-05-06, 09:50 PM #3
Just so sad**********************
"I used to care
but now I take a pill for that"
07-05-06, 11:20 PM #4
Sounds like a good cop. What a waste. Way too many car crashes.
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