Off-duty LAPD officer dies in high-speed crash

first_imgPALMDALE – An off-duty LAPD police officer was killed Friday when he ran a red light on a motorcycle and crashed into a sedan making a left turn – the fourth law-enforcement officer to die in Southern California in eight days, authorities said. Witnesses said 27-year-old Thomas Ducey, assigned to the LAPD’s West Traffic Division, was traveling at least 80 mph on a racing-style Ducati motorcycle and weaving through traffic on Pearblossom Highway when he ran a red light at 40th Street East, officials said. “We have several witnesses who said the light was red,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Monty Buckallew said. “He was just going too fast. (The other driver) had the right of way.” Witnesses said it appeared the motorcyclist knew he was traveling too fast to stop when the light turned red, so he accelerated through the intersection, deputies said. He hit the left front fender of a Buick sedan that turned left when the light changed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Ducey was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies halted traffic on the highway, detouring traffic off a four-mile long section, to await the arrival of LAPD officials to examine the crash scene. Ducey is the fourth Southern California law-enforcement officer to die in just over a week. Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Wilms, 38, who was stationed at the Sheriff’s Industry Station, died Thursday when he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. Sheriff’s Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa, 30, was fatally shot Tuesday during an apparent robbery attempt outside the Long Beach home of a friend. Motorcycle Deputy Pierre Bain, 45, was killed March 23 in Lancaster during an on-duty crash. LAPD Chief William Bratton was attending a gang conference in Los Angeles when he was notified of the latest death. The LAPD sent a helicopter to pick up the officer’s wife, the chief said. “Nobody here can remember a time there’s been so many off-duty deaths, accidental or otherwise,” Bratton said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more