Alhambra officer was not wearing a seatbelt in fatal accident

Officials concluded that Alhambra Officer Ryan Stringer was not wearing a seat belt at the time of a July 10 fatal accident, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is reporting. The coroner's report issued Monday stated that Stringer died of "blunt head trauma, traumatic brain injury & thoracic trauma," and that "decedent was unrestrained and partially ejected."

Stringer, 26, died in an accident with another officer on July 10 at Garfield and Main when responding to a reported robbery. The Tribune also spoke with a first responder on the scene who claims Stringer was, in fact, wearing a seatbelt.

Alhambra Police Chief Mark Yokoyama told the Tribune that they would review policies. "Any time we have an accident, whether it something of this magnitude and tragedy or something as simple as a fender-bender … we always take a look at things we can do better," Yokoyama said. "Some of those things we do differently might be more training, or changes to policies and procedures or in some cases discipline."

 

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