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Family mourns CHP officer who died after being hit by a car

June 23, 2010 |  1:20 pm


The family of a California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally injured when he was hit by a car while writing a ticket thanked the public for its prayers Wednesday, a day after he died from his injuries.

CHP Officer Philip Ortiz, 48, pulled over a sport utility vehicle June 9 on the 405 Freeway and was writing a ticket when a sedan struck his motorcycle and the SUV.

Paramedics pulled Ortiz from the wreckage and took him to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he remained until he died Tuesday night.

"The family of Officer Philip Dennis Ortiz would like to thank the public for all their prayers and encouraging words during this difficult time," the family said Wednesday in a statement. "During Philip's 28 years with the CHP, Philip cherished his public service and took pride in serving the citizens of the state of California."

The accident remained under investigation, CHP officials said in statement.

A memorial service is being planned, said Saul Gomez, a spokesman for the CHP. The agency had previously spelled his first name as Phillip and given his age as 52.

-- Sam Allen

Photo: Al Seib / L.A. Times