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CHP Officer Hit on 405 During Enforcement Stop Dies

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Ortiz (via CHP)
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Phillip Ortiz, the California Highway Patrol Officer injured while conducting an enforcement stop on the 405 Freeway June 9th, has died.Ortiz, 48, "succumbed to his injuries on June 22, 2010 at approximately 5:50 P.M.," explains a press release. He was a 28-year veteran of the CHP, and had been "a motor officer for over 20 years in the West Los Angeles Area."

The horrific accident on the 405 occurred when Ortiz was struck by the driver of a vehicle being driven on the right shoulder of the northbound I-405; Ortiz was conducting an enforcement stop at the time with an SUV. He was airlifted to the hospital, but sustained major injuries.

Ortiz leaves behind a wife, parents, and a large extended family. He is "the 218th CHP officer killed in the line of duty since the Department’s inception in 1929." The fatal accident remains under investigation.