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Off-Duty Officer Killed in Sherman Oaks Crash

Officer who died in fatal accident on the 101 has now been identified.

The Los Angeles Police department  has now released the name of the off-duty officer who was killed in an early morning accident on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks.

He is identified as 23 year old Jose Diance-Cruz of Sylmar, assigned to LAPD's Southwest station.

A California Highway Patrol officer said in a statement that the driver
"drifted off the main travel portion of the roadway'' and drove into a metal
guardrail at the eastbround Van Nuys Boulevard offramp.

Officer Diance-Cruz, who was driving a pick up truck, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center two hours after the wreck.

He was found gravely injured about 3:20 a.m., still belted into the drivers's seat which had been forced out of the pickup as it struck the guard rail according to LAPD Sgt. Carl Taylor.

"The guard rail penetrated the interior of the pickup, pushing both the driver's seat and its occupant out the rear window," said the California Hyway Patrol statement.

About 1:15 p.m. Saturday, a motorcade of 10 LAPD units with lights and sirens
activated transported his body from the hospital to the coroner's office.
City News Service Contributed to this story.

Scott Killeen April 23, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Sad situation for all... I saw where the accident happen and on the other side of the freeway going west bound, the same kind of accident can happen there also. Where are the yellow crush barriers at?
alondrasworld00 April 24, 2011 at 01:59 AM
he was a dear friend and school peer of mine ... had a heart of gold.. ive never met such a caring loving person like him... he will be missed dearly
Doug Kriegel April 24, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Alondra, Thank you very much for your comment.
John J. Nazarian April 24, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Why is there not a 'buffer' at the end of those guard rails? This is a terrible loss that perhaps could have been avoided had the right safety equipment had been in place. Very Sad, John J. Nazarian, P.I. Beverly Hills, Calif. desperateexes.com
Abc April 26, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Has his rate of speed been determined?
Krisztina Brydges April 26, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Jose was a most beautiful person ever I see. He was graduate van nuys high with my daughter, and they are enjojed our prom together. He was sweet, honest, sweethard. We will always remember you, we miss you so much, we keep your photos forever , we praid for you. We love you forever.
Stuntman Precious April 26, 2011 at 01:54 PM
As my next door neighbor, I watched Jose grow up from elementary through highschool school. I was happy to know that he chose a future becoming an officer, such a bright kid will be deeply missed
Stuntman Precious April 26, 2011 at 02:02 PM
The entire 101 fwy is that way.. One of the most dangerous off ramps is balbod. No crash barrels, and a very sharp turn fo an exit ramp! Not a good combination

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