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Yet Another LAPD Officer Killed In Crash, Third Officer Killed In 3 Months

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Funeral services were pending today for the 32-year-old Los Angeles police officer who was killed in a traffic crash in Harbor City Saturday, but there was no word if the other driver was arrested.

Roberto Sanchez, 32, who grew up in Santa Ana, had been an officer for six years and chose the Harbor Station because it gave him an opportunity to serve a community like the poor part of Santa Ana where he grew up, the Los Angeles Register reported.

He died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after the crash, which was at 3:45a.m. Saturday at West Anaheim and Senator streets. Sanchez was survived by his wife and parents.

His best friend and patrol partner, Richard Medina, remained hospitalized today at an undisclosed location with a broken jaw and other severe injuries.

LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith told the Los Angeles Times that preliminary information gathered by investigators indicated that the officers were chasing a white Camero east on Anaheim Street when both vehicles made U-turns.

The department statement said the Camaro was being pursued "for a traffic violation.'' The patrol car was struck on the driver's side by the SUV, which also had been heading east on Anaheim Street. It was unclear if the cruiser's emergency lights and siren had been deployed. The car was so badly damaged that Medina had to use his personal cellphone to call for help, according to officers at the scene.

"The driver of the SUV involved in the traffic collision fled the scene. Further investigation identified a person who is believed to be associated with the incident,'' the department statement said. "That individual has been located and detained as a person of interest and is being interrogated by detectives.''

No one has been arrested for the alleged hit and run today, a department spokeswoman said.

The Los Angeles Register quoted LAPD Capt. Gerald Woodyard that Sanchez played a big role in driving down the crime rates in the Harbor station area. He said Sanchez was "hardworking'' and "compassionate,''

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