LAPD officer dies days after being hit by car in South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles Police Department officer died Wednesday from injuries he suffered last week when he was struck by a vehicle while conducting traffic control in South L.A.

The LAPD announced in a statement Wednesday the death of Officer Jose Anzora. He worked for the department since 2011, and spent the majority of his career in the Newton Division.

"Our deepest condolences go out to Officer Anzora's wife, family, colleagues and friends in this most difficult time," the department said. "His passing is a loss for not only his brothers and sisters in the LAPD, but for the people of Los Angeles for whom he gave his life."

A procession was held following the announcement of his death. LAPD officers and members from other law enforcement agencies lined the route as Anzora's body was taken from L.A. County + USC Medical Center to the county's coroner's office.

Anzora, 31, is survived by his wife, mother and other relatives.

"On behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners, I want to express our condolences to the family, fellow officers and civilians with whom Officer Anzora served and the entire LAPD family," said Eileen Decker, president of the Board of Police Commissioners. "This is such a tragedy and words cannot express the loss to all. We thank him for his service to our City of Angels and may he rest in peace."

Anzora was struck by a vehicle last Friday evening at the scene of another crash near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue, police said.

Following the crash, Anzora was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Police said the driver who struck Anzora stopped and is cooperating with the investigation.
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