LA County deputy killed in crash ID'd
Deputy Thomas Albanese was on duty when his motorcycle was struck
Duty Death: Thomas Albanese - [Los Angeles County, California]
End of Service: 02/25/2021
In an update Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva identified the deceased as Deputy Thomas Albanese.
By Faith E. Pinho
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was killed Thursday morning after his motorcycle was struck in Lakewood, authorities said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a tweet that the deputy was struck about 9 a.m. near Del Amo and Paramount boulevards, a busy intersection in Lakewood's commercial area. Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Dubusky only described the deputy who died as a male who had been on duty at the time of the crash.
"I can confirm this appears to be an unfortunate accident," Villanueva tweeted Thursday morning.
.@PRVLASD Deputy Thomas Albanese was a father, a husband, and an outstanding Deputy. He served his country & @CountyofLA with distinction. He will be greatly missed by all of us in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Family.https://t.co/BmoJYmbqQD pic.twitter.com/Xh7YpUQNM1— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) February 26, 2021
More than 130 sheriff's deputies have been killed in the line of duty since the department's formation in the 1850s, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization that tracks law enforcement deaths.
The crash came just hours after a motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department was struck by an SUV in Jefferson Park.
The LAPD officer, who was not identified, was assisting at least two other patrol units around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday. They had stopped the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle near Adams Boulevard and 13th Avenue when an SUV struck the motorcycle officer, L.A. Police Officer Jeff Lee said.
The injured officer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was in stable condition, Lee said. The SUV driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.
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