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Saturday December 1st, 2012 :: 02:14 p.m. PST

*UPDATE* Sheriff's Deputy Hit by Car, Critically Injured in East LA While Rendering Aid to Motorist - LASD Transit Services

Update on Medical Condition of LASD Transit Services Deputy Rudy Juarez, Hit By a Car in East LA Saturday

Deputy Juarez remains in critical but stable condition. He is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a local hospital where he is being treated for significant head, eye, body and leg injuries.

There are numerous teams of doctors attending to his various injuries. He underwent surgery late last night and it is anticipated he will face many others.

Deputy Juarez is expected to remain in the ICU for at least another week before he is transferred to a long-term recovery center.

Thank you for all of your well wishes for Deputy Rudy Juarez and his family. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Captain Holly Perez, Transit Services Bureau-South
Lieutenant Matt Rodriguez, A/Captain, Transit Services Bureau-North
Homeland Security Division
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
(323) 563-5000

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Sat., Dec. 1, 2012, 2:14PM

A 17-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was hit by a car while rendering aid to a stranded motorist in East Los Angeles Saturday morning. 50-year Deputy Rudy Juarez is hospitalized in critical condition.

Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau deputies received a call at 6AM on December 1st, reporting that a car was parked on the Metro Gold Line right of way. The location was immediately adjacent to the railway tracks on Downey Avenue underneath the 60 freeway between the Maravilla and Indiana Metro Gold Line passenger stations.

Transit Services Bureau Deputy Juarez was assisting two other deputies as they assisted the stranded motorist adjacent to the railway tracks. At about 6:16AM, Deputy Juarez was hit by a passing motorist at Downey Ave and 3rd St. under the darkened freeway overpass. Los Angeles County Fire paramedics were immediately called to the scene by deputies, and Deputy Juarez was transported to an area hospital.

At the hospital to visit with Deputy Juarez and his family, Sheriff Lee Baca said, "Deputy Rudy Juarez suffered a serious head injury and broken bones and is in critical condition. He is unconscious but breathing on his own. Doctors have said that what happens during the next 24 hours is vital." He added, "Deputy Juarez' family members are with him and we join them in hope and prayer for a healthy recovery for this well respected deputy."

California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the collision which occurred on a street in unincorporated East Los Angeles. Preliminarily, the CHP has reported that there did not appear to be criminal activity by the driver and that the collision appeared to be accidental. The CHP reported that the driver remained on scene and was helpful to investigators. By 10:40AM, officers and deputies had completed their investigation and the scene returned to normal.

Captain Mike Parker
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau - Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
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Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
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