Deputy struck, killed on free­way

29-year veteran, who was off-duty, had stopped his car on the shoul­der of north­bound 605.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joe Mozingo joe.mozingo@la­

An off-duty 29-year veteran of the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment was killed when he was struck Sat­ur­day by a ve­hi­cle while he was stopped on the shoul­der of the 605 Free­way in Cer­ri­tos, au­thor­i­ties said.

Deputy Michael Haak, a father of three, was driv­ing north­bound and “pre­sum­ably ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ve­hi­cle trou­ble” around 2:40 p.m. Sat­ur­day, ac­cord­ing to Sher­iff ’s Deputy Grace Me­drano.

Haak had pulled to the shoul­der and ex­ited on the traf­fic side of his ve­hi­cle when he was hit by a car in the right lane, she said.

The other mo­torist, a 54year-old man from Buena Park, co­op­er­ated with Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol in­ves­ti­ga­tors, who said they did not be­lieve he was un­der the inf lu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff ’s news re­lease.

Haak was trans­ported to a hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead.

Haak was most re­cently as­signed to the Lake­wood sta­tion.

“I know many of you worked with Mike and words alone will never be able to ease the over­whelm­ing grief you must be feel­ing,” Sher­iff ’s Capt. James Wo­lak told Haak’s col­leagues, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. “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.”

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