Cerritos, CA - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Haak was killed on Saturday, August 5, after being struck by a vehicle. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 2:45 PM on Saturday, on the 605 Freeway, according to the Press-Telegram. In a crash report, the California Highway Patrol said that Deputy Haak stopped his vehicle in the emergency lane, after apparently experiencing vehicle trouble.
The CHP said that Deputy Haak got out of his vehicle, and walked into a traffic lane on the right side of the six-lane northbound 605 Freeway. In its report, the CHP said, "Initial statements obtained at the scene indicate the deputy walked onto the traffic side of the vehicle and was struck by a motorist traveling north in the right lane."
Deputy Haak was transported a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck Deputy Haak, who was not identified, stayed at the scene and has fully cooperated with police.
"On Saturday, August 5, 2017 at approximately 2:40 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tragically lost one of our own. While off-duty and in his personal vehicle, Deputy Michael Haak had stopped on the right shoulder of the I-605, north of South Street presumably experiencing vehicle trouble.
Initial statements obtained at the scene indicate Deputy Haak walked onto the traffic side of hisvehicle and was struck by a motorist traveling north in the right lane.
Deputy Haak was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other motorist, a 54 year old Buena Park man, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Intoxication is not believed to be a factor in the collision.
Deputy Haak began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the fall of 1988. During his 29 years with the Sheriff’s Department, he worked a variety of assignments. His most recent assignment was at Lakewood Sheriff's Station. He is survived by his wife, three children and his sister.
Lakewood Station Captain, James Wolak, stated the following while speaking to the personnel who worked with Deputy Haak, "I know many of you worked with Mike and words alone will never be able to ease the overwhelming grief you must be feeling. Please know that Mike loved being a deputy sheriff and lived a very full life.
I was proud to witness the overwhelming response from Lakewood Station in support of him and his family. We have Department personnel with his family offering support during this challenging time. As we work through this devastating loss, our thoughts go out to the families and all those affected by this tragedy.”
The traffic investigation is being handled by California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs Office."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of LASD Deputy Michael Haak, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.