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Alhambra police officer dies in crash

Update – 7.11.11 – 5:15 pm

The second officer in the deadly accident on Sunday night has been identified as Carlos Mejia, 27. He has undergone surgery and is currently in at Huntington Memorial Hospital, but expected to recover and be released in the next couple of days.

Update – 7.10.11 – 6:00 pm

Alhambra Police Officer Ryan Stringer, 26, died as a result of a crash with another police vehicle early Sunday morning. Both officers collided into each other at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Main Street when responding to a possible robbery in the rear parking lot of 100 North First Street. They were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where Stringer died. The other officer, who has not been identified, is undergroing surgery according to the LA Times.

"We expect him to be stabilized," Police Chief Mark Yokoyama told KTLA.

"Stringer, who worked for the Alhambra Police Department for two years, narrowly escaped death a year ago when he was critically injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Interstate 605," KTLA also reports. "He was riding a motorcycle on his way to work July 1, 2010 when he crashed into a big-rig on the freeway."

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

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13 thoughts on “Alhambra police officer dies in crash”

  1. Fundraiser for Ryan Stringer tonight at Jay Dee Cafe, 1843 W. Main St. Alh.


  2. Alhambra Teachers Association

    Our condolences to all those who have been touched by Officer Ryan Stringer.  The Alhambra Community is saddened by this untimely loss.

    Alhambra Teachers Association

    Roz Collier, President

    Terry Skotnes, Executive Director

    Alice Lee, Office Manager


  3. Guillermo Martinez

    Our sympathys go out to the family of Officer Ryan Stringer, you are in my famalies thoughts and prayers.  I did not know Officer Stringer but I am sure he was a fine young man and a great officer.  The Alhambra Police Department and the citizens of Alhambra lost a good man who was responding to a call to duty.   

  4. Everyone, please remember to be respectuful of others during a tragedy. Officer Stringer lost his life, his family and friends are mourning their loss, Alhambra Police Department lost an officer, and another officer is in critical condition.

    This is not the time to speculate publicly about what happened, the cause of injuries, whether either officer was reckless, or following department protocol. Unless you witnessed the events as they unfolded, you do not know exactly what happened, who was at fault, or how fast the officers were going. Moreover, I have yet to see a witness statement that goes beyond the extent of injuries. In other words, do not rely solely on assumptions.

    The time to discuss this trajedy in more detail will come soon over the next few weeks as CHP investigates what happened, why it happened, how fast the cars were both going, who was at fault, and what could have been done to prevent this trajedy. Its reports, security tapes from surrounding businesses, and other relevant information will be made public and we can then freely debate the results as well as whether the investigation was properly carried out. Or if the reports are not timely, we can debate whether a cover-up is going on.

    In the meantime, please be respectful. Consider how you would feel in the hours and days immediately after a trajedy someone bashed your loved one or friend. Again, there will be a time and a place for these debates, hopefully with more material information that allows the discussion to go beyond assumptions and conjecture.

  5.  I'm not going to address nor respond to those who adhere to the “loyalty and respect for the fallen heroes” like Mr. “Echo Bravo” or the PR machines, but as a community member, it deeply disturbs me that these officers were traveling at a high rate speed of speed through Garfield and Main.

    Garfield and Main.

    Not some major intersection in a city that's broadcasting the chase (where some might have been made aware and steered clear), but a relatively peaceful juncture that a small community considers a MAIN intersection.

    Where is the common sense? Where is the training that says unless someone is in MORTAL danger (I doubt there were bank staff present at 2 in the morning) there is no need for reckless driving? Yes, this was reckless. More importantly, what kind of vetting system does APD have in place that allows immature people to serve. 

    If you know anything about law enforcement/emergency personnel from a historical perspective, collisions only use to occur with emergency vehicles such as fire responders — not hot-dogging, testosterone-filled youth. They were mature cops who weren't raised on video games or cop shows and earned the respect of the community through actions — not force.

    I'm sure Mr. Stringer was a fine officer and I offer my sincerest condolences to the family. But if you can't see something wrong with this picture, you need to pull your head out. 

    1. Why don’t you get the definition of a robbery, different than a burglary. Hope the police don’t hurry when you are the one in need of their services!

      1. Thank you for alerting me to the error. In the future, @unbelievable, or anyone else who catches an error, please feel free to send me an e-mail as well at [email protected]. I appreciate the help.

  6. No one's going to point out of the stupidity of the death? Is it too soon. I'm going out on a limb and say: APD – your officers need to 1) renew their driving certs 2) be fed new procedures for responding to “emergencies” in narrow suburban streets 3) stop being forced to drive CrownVic death beds.

    Some may be sending condolenses, others are thinking.. where's the internet meme for this? 

    Absolutely reminds me of the 2 motorcycle cops who collided each during a funeral procession for a fallen police officer. The operative word is “DOH”!

    1. Hey A***** why don't you climb back from that limb and keep your mouth shut!!!!!!! His family is already going threw enough right now, they don't need your thoughts all over the internet.  Have some respect and loyalty to the profession.


    2. If you look closer, you'll see that at least one of cars is the Dodge Charger model and not A Crown victoria.  Most of the force appears to be driving them now.

      One interesting observation about the APD is that our officers drive in their cars alone on partrol and back each other up by responding to calls jointly.  Especially for a call like a late night robbery in the business district, they will be converging from the nearby areas. 

      I don't know anything about the procedures for intersections when the lights are on but I'm certain that the police department will be subject to a pretty rigorous investigation as a result.  Police officer deaths are taken pretty seriously. 

      On the two police ride-alongs I've been in, I did notice that some officers do not wear seatbelts.  Is there any information about whether either officer was wearing a restraint system?

  7. Our condolences go out to Officer's Stringer's family. It is always sad to hear when an officer dies in the line of duty. We hope the second officer fully recovers and may return to the force soon.

  8. Please join with us in sending our condolences to the family and peers of Police Officer Ryan Stringer.


    “Rest easy, brother. We’ve got it from here.”

  9. I am so sorry to hear this…

    Godspeed Ryan