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News Release

Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Mini Bike Driver Dies in Traffic Collision

Los Angeles: 37-year-old, Thomas Martin Jr., a resident of Los Angeles dies in a traffic collision.

Martin was driving a motor driven cycle (commonly known as a mini bike) northbound on Degnan Avenue at Martin Luther King Boulevard when he failed to stop for a red traffic signal light and was struck by an on duty Los Angeles Police Sergeant travelling eastbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard on his police motorcycle.

Martin was ejected into the roadway. The impact of the collision caused Martin to be fatally injured.

Los Angeles Fired Department personnel responded and pronounced Martin dead at the scene.

The LAPD Sergeant was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non life threatening injuries.

South Traffic Detectives are handling this investigation. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact South Traffic Detectives at 323-290-6073, during business hours. After hours and on weekends, please phone South Traffic Watch Commander at 213-485-7336. After hours or on weekends contact the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855).