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Local police officer injured after crashing into parked semi-truck Monday night

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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:01 am

Lake Havasu City Police Department officials reported Tuesday that night-shift police officer Richard Castillo suffered minor injuries after crashing into a semi-truck parked in the southbound lane of London Bridge Road.

The crash was reported at 11:29 p.m. Monday. Castillo was travelling southbound in the 200 block of London Bridge Road when he struck the rear of the truck causing damage to the police cruiser he was driving, said Sgt. Troy Stirling, police department spokesman.

“(Castillo) was driving, patrolling that area and was spotlighting the business on the left,” Stirling said. “He was driving with his right hand on the wheel and the next thing he knew he had hit the back of the truck.”

There is a concrete island in that section of road that Castillo was maneuvering to avoid. Police reported major damage to the police cruiser and minor damage to the semi-truck’s trailer.

Castillo was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Castillo didn’t return to duty after the crash. At this time, Castillo is expected to resume his normal work schedule and isn’t subject to any work suspension in relation to the crash, Stirling said.

“It’s totaled,” Stirling said of the damaged police vehicle. “There is no coming back on that vehicle. It’s been taken out of the fleet.”

The vehicle has been towed to a city lot where more than likely it will be used for parts. The vehicle was a 2008 or 2009 model, as are most of the city’s police cruisers, Stirling said.

As of press time, it was unknown how fast Castillo was travelling at the time of impact but no braking was involved, Stirling said.

Alcohol isn’t a factor. And the semi-truck was legally parked.

Police continue to investigate the incident. Castillo was hired at the local police department in 2006.

You may contact the reporter at jhanson@havasunews.com

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  • Vicky Norman posted at 11:17 am on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    Keep to the right or hit an oncoming car or object ? If I had my druthers I wouldnt want either.

  • bach posted at 12:04 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    bach Posts: 1

    Got to ask the question; if you are going so fast that you total the unit, why bother checking businesses with the spotlight? Probably not going to see anything at that speed.... Thankfully the officer/citizens were not injured. Sounds like a training issue to help prevent similar accidents in the future. Be Safe....

  • Vicky Norman posted at 8:41 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    To nightfalls below, because its dark and with little or no street lights -I myself have swerved to miss trucks without proper reflectors and I was paying attention, so a no parking sign posted would alleviate an accident for everyone. thats why

  • Nightfalls posted at 8:23 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Nightfalls Posts: 115

    Why post no parking? The officer was not paying attention to road and drove into a parked truck. Plenty of room for this. He was just doing his job and had a accident. No big deal. I am glad he is ok.

  • in love with havasu posted at 5:38 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    in love with havasu Posts: 52

    Thankfully the Officer is suffering with only limited injuries. The accident certainly appeared such which would leave someone wondering how hurt the occupants are. Things like this happen, and when you consider everything going on in that car, - it's no wonder these things happen all over the Country. The Officers have radio's with multiple channels going, a fully functional lap-top computer with alerts, calls, and APB's coming across, radar devices, video cameras, those lazer devices for pursuits, the flare system for stolen vehicle locators, having to constantly be aware of thier location, and watch and monitor traffic and all activity, ensure our safety, - and the list goes on and on. I sure wouldnt want to have to figure all that out and to have all those electronic devices, - I'm sure it takes getting use to... We are from Los Angeles, and so we've not had the occasion to peak inside a parked Highway Patrol car here in Lake Havasu, however, the Police cars down there are like a rolling battle-ship with devices, and buttons everywhere!

  • Coastie posted at 1:43 pm on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Coastie Posts: 1

    Need to pay more attention as you drive officer. However, with that said, I am glad you are ok. Get better.

  • Vicky Norman posted at 8:50 am on Wed, May 1, 2013.

    Vicky Norman Posts: 362

    Thankful Officer Castillo is okay. Its a miracle, he could have been killed.
    Maybe the city will post "no parking" signs in that spot to avoid accidents like this in the future.


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