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CHP says officer injured two weeks ago in 405 accident still in critical condition

June 22, 2010 |  6:07 pm

The California Highway Patrol said Tuesday afternoon that it was unaware of any change in the condition of an officer who was critically injured two weeks ago in an accident on the 405 freeway.

Several media organizations -- including KTLA and KABC --  reported Tuesday afternoon that motorcycle Officer Phillip Ortiz died of injuries he sustained during the June 9 accident on the 405 Freeway near the 10 Freeway. The reports were quickly refuted by the CHP.

"As of 5:40 p.m., Officer Ortiz is still alive," CHP Sgt. Mark Garrett told The Times.

Ortiz was taken to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Hospital spokesman Mark Wheeler said Tuesday afternoon that the medical facility had no confirmation that Ortiz had died.

Ortiz had pulled over a Honda SUV at 8:35 a.m. when an Infiniti sedan came barreling down the shoulder, hitting him and the SUV. The crash sent four people to the hospital.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez