Authorities identify off-duty sheriff’s deputy struck, killed on 605 Freeway in Cerritos – California News

Authorities identify off-duty sheriff’s deputy struck, killed on 605 Freeway in Cerritos – California News


An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who lived in Fullerton was killed Saturday after he was hit by a car on the 605 Freeway, authorities said.

The incident took place around 2:40 p.m. when 52-year-old Michael Haak stopped his personal vehicle on the right shoulder of the 605, north of South Street, likely because of a vehicle trouble, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s news release stated.

Witness statements indicate Haak walked onto the traffic side of his vehicle and was hit by a driver traveling north in the right lane, according to the release.

Haak was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The other driver, a 54-year-old Buena Park man, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, the release stated. Intoxication is not believed to be a factor in the collision, according to the release.

Haak began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the fall of 1988. He worked a variety of assignments during his 29 years at the department. His most recent assignment was at Lakewood sheriff’s 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 of the Lakewood station told those who worked with Haak, 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. We have Department personnel with his family offering support during this challenging time. As we work through this devastating loss, our…

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