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Culver City lawman killed in crash remembered as hero

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Curtis Massey, the Culver City policeman killed in a fiery accident on the Santa Monica Freeway last month, was memorialized today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Massey was a sergeant when he was killed. But the Culver City Police Department announced that he was being promoted to lieutenant.

“This promotion was not made based on grief or sympathy,” Culver City Police Chief Donald Pederson told City News Service. “It was made because Curt was eligible for this promotion, he has earned it, he has always demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and has a proven record of success. It was simply the right thing to do.”

Massey, 41, left behind his wife, Melody, and three children, ages 3, 8 and 10.

A fund in Massey's name has been established at the Culver City Employees Federal Credit Union, 9770 Culver Blvd. Checks should be made payable to the Sgt. Curt Massey Memorial Fund.

Photo: Officers in dress uniform carry casket of Culver City police Sgt. Curtis Massey at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 
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I am still trying to understand a few critical things about this crash?
1st. Where did this errant driver enter the freeway going the wrong way to begin with?
2nd. How is that a senior officer, surely a trained pursuit and defensive driver fail to avoid this colliosion?

I am mystified.

I happend to be across from the funeral for jury duty and was able to snap a couple pictures.

http://seanbaello.blogspot.com/2009/02/curtis-massey-funeral.html

Pitbullstew.

Lt. Massey was driving 65-70mph

The guy going the wrong way was driving at the same amount of speed coming straight at the officer.

That means the car was coming at Massey at the equivalent of 140mph, around somewhat of a blind bend near National, at dark, with no warning.

And you're mystified?

Thank you to the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department, who policed the City of Culver City for twelve hours today so that the entire Culver City Police Department could attend Lt. Massey's funeral.

To pitbullstew: Palma, the drunk wrong-way driver, entered the freeway at Fairfax Avenue. http://www.palisadespost.com/content/index.cfm?Story_ID=4628

Thank you not only to the Santa Monica Police Department for their support of the Culver City Police Department but also of the entire Pacific Division: this is a touching example of the neighbor support system on the Westside of the sprawling city of Angels-how the Culver City emergency contact system was used to inform neighborhood citizens across incorporated city lines to the growing top notch work of our most local entities to consider and protect and inform all our neighbors in a time of crisis. A shining example of the preparation in place for the disaster realities we live with.

Thank you not only to the Santa Monica Police Department for their support of the Culver City Police Department but also of the entire Pacific Division: this is a touching example of the neighbor support system on the Westside of the sprawling city of Angels-how the Culver City emergency contact system was used to inform neighborhood citizens across incorporated city lines to the growing top notch work of our most local entities to consider and protect and inform all our neighbors in a time of crisis. A shining example of the preparation in place for the disaster realities we live with.

Thank you not only to the Santa Monica Police Department for their support of the Culver City Police Department but also of the entire Pacific Division: this is a touching example of the neighbor support system on the Westside of the sprawling city of Angels-how the Culver City emergency contact system was used to inform neighborhood citizens across incorporated city lines to the growing top notch work of our most local entities to consider and protect and inform all our neighbors in a time of crisis. A shining example of the preparation in place for the disaster realities we live with.

Lt. Curtis Massey was very well liked to parents and children of Culver City. At one time a few years ago I went to him with a concern I had at a local school , he took a report and promised to follow up on it. He was kind and took his job seriously. A man of true integrity. May the Lord bless him and keep him until we all can meet again and say thank you for a job well done.

Does anyone know if the wrongway driver's toxicology report results were made public yet? It seems as though he would have had to be drunk or on drugs or just downright had a deathwish. I cant seem to find any updated articles. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Massey as well as the entire Culver City Police Department.

Pitbullstew, I wonder if Sgt. Massey intentionally stopped the dirver to prevent him from hurting someone else??


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