Vigil held for Gardena officer killed in motorcycle crash

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Friends and fellow officers gathered Friday night to remember a father and Gardena police officer who died a day after being hit by a car while on his way to work.

Friends and fellow officers gathered Friday night to remember a father and Gardena police officer who died a day after being hit by a car while on his way to work.

The vigil for Toshio Hirai was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Gardena Police Station.

Hirai was a 12-year veteran and a lead member of the department's SWAT team. His colleagues called him the type of officer to go out of his way to help anyone.

Gardena Police Officer Toshio Hirai died following a motorcycle collision and was survived by his wife Kristen and their 2-year-old son Takeo.



With rows of law enforcement officials standing behind him, Gardena Police Department Chief Thomas Kang spoke about the beloved officer Thursday night, not long after announcing Hirai's death.

"... He's a mentor to a lot of our officers...," he said. "I shed a lot of tears today as if Toshio was my own son."


The collision happened while Hirai was on his motorcycle in Los Angeles near 238th Street and Western Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The other driver was a 17-year-old girl who stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She was licensed and neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected as factors in the crash. No arrests were made.

The 34-year-old officer leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son.

The Gardena officers union set up a fund to assist the Hirai family available at this link. Checks can also be made payable to the Gardena Police Officers' Association and mailed or brought to the Gardena Police Department at 1718 W 162nd Street, Gardena CA 90247.
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