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Posted: 9/23/2002 2:49:04 PM EDT
Some have argued the only legit need for Motor offices is to respond to emergency calls in cities that have streets to narrow to do a U-turn in a crown vic. Traffic enforcment can be done from a car as effectively as a bike, with less risk. This one agency has had two deaths in 2 years. [b]Sheriff's deputy dies in hospital[/b] Motorcycle officer Matthew Davis succumbs to head injuries after a crash Friday. By MARIA SACCHETTI The Orange County Register MISSION VIEJO – Matthew Davis, a sergeant in the Orange County Sheriff's Department, died Sunday morning at Mission Hospital, two days after he sustained massive head injuries in a traffic accident, officials said. Davis, 38, a devout Christian, husband and father of three young children, devoted his career to preventing accidents. Friday, a 17-year- old girl driving a Saturn hit Davis on his motorcycle as he headed south on Marguerite Parkway. The girl was not injured and an investigation is pending, sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said. At Mission Hospital on Sunday, sheriff's deputies in uniform or plain clothes streamed into the waiting room or shared the bad news over the police radio that Davis, after undergoing surgery, had succumbed to his injuries. "Somebody said it best: He was our friend, he was our partner and he was our leader," said Brian Hall, a motorcycle officer. "That's how we felt about him." At the crash site several blocks away, mourners placed bouquets of autumn blossoms, eucalyptus and orange lilies, and a star-spangled balloon with the handwritten words, "God bless you, Matt." Some fastened flowers to the bent traffic sign in the middle of busy Marguerite Parkway at La Sierra Drive, where Davis was hit. Friends remembered Davis as soft-spoken and friendly, someone who was serious about his work but also devoted to his family. He volunteered as mentor and youth leader at the Evangelical Free Church in Corona, the town where he lived with his wife, Tammy, and their young family. "Serving the community was his way of serving Christ," said family friend Al Wilsey. "He loved life." On the job, Davis was firm but fair to the motorcycle officers - the "motors" - he supervised, colleagues said. If someone called with a complaint, he would investigate both sides without rushing to judgement, they said. "I never heard him raise his voice," said Sgt. Jim Sewell, who placed a star-spangled balloon at the crash site. "He's a level-headed, easygoing guy." A 16-year veteran of the force, Davis also could be quick with a wisecrack and was humble enough to turn to others for advice when he needed it. More often, though, he was seen as someone who could make the right decision quickly. He led regular training sessions for his team to sharpen their skills, from handling complex accident scenes to dealing with difficult drivers. "He had a reputation for making the right decision at the right time," Sewell said. The accident comes two years after motorcycle officer Steve Parsons was struck and killed by a woman who ran a red light. Neighbors said they have complained about safety at the intersection of La Sierra and Marguerite Parkway. Some said they refuse to turn left from La Sierra because it requires crossing a busy, winding road. "We've always warned everybody about this intersection," said resident Dawn Cole, who called for a traffic light at the area. "The cars just come so fast on Marguerite." Trish Kelley, a resident who is running for Mission Viejo City Council, said she long ago instructed her kids to turn right onto Marguerite and make a U-turn at a nearby stoplight if they need to drive north. "It's just because our traffic has increased so much," she said. "My kids are forbidden to turn left." Kelley said the accident shook neighborhood residents, many of whom had been praying at home and in church for Davis to recover. "Everyone feels so terribly bad," she said. "That is just heartbreaking."
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 2:51:17 PM EDT
BTW: What the article doesnt make clear is he was on duty & the 17yo girl turned left in front of him.
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 2:52:28 PM EDT
Aww... no CHiPs? What would we do without Ponch and Baker?
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 2:56:47 PM EDT
I don't think anyone would be too saddened by the dissappearance of motorcycle cops, I know I wouldn't. I wouldn't be saddened in the least by any loss of traffic cops in general, I don't think they're good for much. But yeah, if its more dangerous for the officer than it should be then yes. Still, lets just get rid of Traffic cops.
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 3:02:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 4:07:02 PM EDT
The little town I live-in makes good use of our motorcycle cops. Usually, they use them, not to make quick u-turns or get places Crown Vic's can't, but instead use them to park much more quickly. Many times, I've watched police cars circle the block to find parking (obviously, not for an emergency call), while the motorcycles quickly park on the sidewalk or on the side of the street where a car wouldn't fit. Also, they use them in speed traps. It's next to impossible to see one of the motorcycles when it's parked behind a bush or sign with just the officer's head and radar gun peaking-out from the bush. Watch-out if you ever drive US 29 through Spartanburg, SC. There are times when there are two motorcycle officers hiding near it just west of downtown.z
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 4:11:15 PM EDT
Well hell !!! how would our city survive !! it's the traffic cops, mostly the scooter cops, who bring in the money from the speed traps. Eliminate them ??? Hell yes !!!
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 4:18:58 PM EDT
Speeding tickets are simply a tax on driving fast. God bless the officer and his family.
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 4:40:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2002 8:27:40 PM EDT
Yes.............. For their own safety. Had one get hit about a month ago down the road from my house when some imagrint pulled out infront of him to cross a hwy where the speed limit is 65. He made it but was in the hospital for a long time in critical condition. Diesel
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