What did exactly happen early Saturday morning at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Glenhurt Avenue in Atwater Village? Residents reported seeing an LAPD squad car on its side and a flattened bus shelter at the northeast corner as traffic lanes were blocked for hours as officials conducted an investigation. One resident said rumors were floating around that someone was killed in the crash outside a check cashing business, and that the accident might have been connected to a possible gang-related shooting that took place several hours earlier near the Atwater Foster Freeze. Another person suggested that the police car was involved in a chase when it crashed.
Neither of the stories are correct, said Lt. Brian Thomas with the Northeast Division. A police car did crash but it was not involved in a pursuit and no one was seriously injured.
Here is Thomas’ report of the crash involving the police car:
The shooting near the Foster Freeze occurred on Friday, July 13th, approximately 5 p.m. … The police vehicle that was involved in the collision occurred the following day on Saturday, July 14, at approximately 4 a.m. The officers were responding to an emergency radio call with the lights and sirens activated when they were struck on the passenger side of their vehicle by another vehicle at the intersection. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released. The driver of the other vehicle was also transported to a local hospital. Investigators from Central Traffic Division (CTD) responded to the collision scene and conducted a detailed and exact on-scene investigation. CTD’s investigation is the reason the street was closed down for several hours.