Saturday, June 18, 2016

CAN YOU HELP?...GoFundMe Page Created, Blood Drive Scheduled for Simi Valley Police Motorcycle Officer Critically Injured in Crash

A blood drive has been organized for a Simi Valley police motorcycle officer who remained in critical but stable condition Friday, two days after colliding with a pickup truck that turned in front of him, according to authorities.
Officer Tom Carney of the Simi Valley Police Department is seen in an official photo.
Officer Tom Carney of the Simi Valley Police Department is seen in an official photo.
Officer Tom Carney has undergone multiple surgeries since the on-duty crash, which took place at the intersection of Tapo Canyon Road and Los Angeles Avenue, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a statement.
Carney, a 14-year-veteran of the department, will require additional operations, the news release said. His colleagues, along with the American Red Cross and the Simi Valley Unified School District, have scheduled the blood drive for Tuesday at Simi Valley High School, located at 5400 Cochran Street in Simi Valley.
Blood can be donated from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the campus’s multipurpose room, according to the statement, which encouraged donors to make an appointment on the Red Cross’s website.
A GoFundMe page has been created in honor of Carney, a Marine Corps veteran who was previously a member of the Prescott Valley Police Department in Arizona.
The collision happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, when Carney crossed through the intersection and the driver of the small truck “made a left turn or U-turn directly in front of the path of the oncoming motorcycle,” a news release said.
The officer was thrown from the cycle upon impact and suffered significant head wounds, multiple fractures and internal injuries, the Police Department said. The driver of the truck, identified by authorities as a 43-year-old Simi Valley resident, was not hurt in the crash.
Neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to the incident, according to investigators, and no citations or arrests have been made.
The California Highway Patrol was assisting the Simi Valley police in the investigation of the crash.
Anyone with information about the collision was asked to call the CHP’s Moorpark office at 805-553-0800.

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