Officer Philip Ortiz California Highway Patrol California End of Watch: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photograph: Officer Philip Ortiz Patch image: California Highway Patrol, California

Officer Philip Ortiz
California Highway Patrol
California

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 28 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Officer Philip Ortiz succumbed to injuries sustained two weeks earlier when he was struck by a vehicle on I-405 in West Los Angeles.
He was issuing a traffic citation to a driver when another car, which was driving on the shoulder passing other vehicle, struck him and his motorcycle.
Officer Ortiz was pinned the wreckage and had to be extricated by the responding rescue crew. He was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he remained until passing away.
Office Ortiz had served with the California Highway Patrol for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

Agency Contact Information
California Highway Patrol
PO Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298
Phone: (916) 657-7261
Please contact the California Highway Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

A California Highway Patrol officer died last night, about two weeks after he was struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop, according to KNBC-TV.

The 48-year-old Officer Philip Ortiz succumbed to his injuries at UCLA Medical Center.

On June 9, he was issuing a ticket on the shoulder of the northbound 405 when officers said several witnesses reported that an Infiniti driver was passing vehicles on the shoulder before striking him, according to the news station.

Ortiz was a motorcycle officer who served with the agency for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, sister and a large extended family.

"On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I extend our deepest sympathies to Philip’s family and loved ones as they mourn the tragic loss of this outstanding officer,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stated Tuesday evening. "He committed 28 years of his life to protecting the safety of Californians, and his selflessness in the line of duty will be remembered forever.”

Officer Ortiz’s death marks the 218th CHP officer killed in the line of duty since the Department’s inception in 1929, according to the release.

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