Lieutenant Scott Swain, the public information officer for the Hawthorne Police Department reported that Sergeant Leonard Luna, 42, was killed in a motorcycle crash.

The crash occurred on I-105 near Long Beach Boulevard in Lynnwood. Sergeant Luna was driving his personal motorcycle to a repair facility in Long Beach to pick up his police motor unit that was at the repair facility for routine maintenance.

During the trip to the repair shop, Sergeant Luna’s motorcycle made contact with the right rear corner of a Toyota Sequoia carrying a family of 7. Sergeant Luna was thrown to the pavement in the crash and sustained life-threatening injuries.  None of the occupants of the Toyota were injured.

Sergeant Luna was transported to the St. Francis Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The California Highway Patrol conducted the traffic crash investigation.  C.H.P. Officer Tatiana Sauquillo refused to state the exact cause of the crash, but did state that the driver of the Toyota has neither been cited nor arrested.

Sergeant Luna was considered “on duty” at the time of the crash as he was performing an operational support function for the police department.   Sergeant Luna served the Hawthorne Police Department for 10 years and was the commanding officer of the agency’s traffic bureau.

Sergeant Luna was unmarried and did not have any children.  He is survived by his parents and brother.

Sergeant Leonard Luna, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Monday, July 8, 2013.

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