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Off-Duty LAPD Officer, Victim In Single-Car Crash Dies

Off-Duty LAPD Officer, Victim In Single-Car Crash Dies

The victim of Thursday’s single-car crash in Valencia died from her injuries Saturday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed.

LAPD Rampart Police Officer III Kathleen Talbot was in critical condition after her vehicle reportedly crossed the center divider and crashed into a light pole on Valencia Boulevard around 6:30 a.m on Thursday.

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“It is with heavy hearts that we announce #LAPD Rampart Police Officer III, K. Talbot #31941 has passed away,” read a tweet on the LAPD Rampart twitter page at 11:36 a.m. Saturday.LA County Fire officials flying an American flag at half-mast during a procession for Officer Talbot.

The post was accompanied with a picture of a police badge with the words, “Thank you for protecting & serving,” written across the center.

“She was involved in a traffic collision earlier this week and has now passed away from her injuries,” said LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas.

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No further information on the injuries Talbot sustained during the crash was available as of Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials flew an American flag at half-mast in a memorial procession for Talbot on Saturday.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies were the first to arrive at the scene of the crash and smashed a passenger window in an attempt to remove Talbot from the vehicle.

“I never saw her apply the brakes, and can only assume that she lost consciousness when she first began to drift,” said Marty Siebe, a Lebec resident who witnessed the crash, in an email statement to SCVTV.

A Sheriff’s Station official confirmed reports that the victim appeared to suffer from a medical condition shortly before the fatal crash.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials transported Talbot to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she was being treated for critical injuries.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as factors in the crash, and an investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

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Melissa became a staff writer at KHTS AM-1220 following her internship in the newsroom. She has been writing news and feature stories for the KHTS website since February 2014. Melissa is also a part-time staff writer at the Santa Clarita Gazette weekly newspaper and Canyon Country Magazine. After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Melissa moved back to Santa Clarita to begin her professional writing career. She has published feature stories in "The Signal" newspaper and College of the Canyons' "Cougar News" and formerly worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. She recently finished writing her first fiction novel and hopes to publish it someday.
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