SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A viewing and rosary was held Tuesday in Santa Ana for a LAPD officer killed in a hit-and-run this month.
Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, was fatally struck ten days ago in Harbor City.
A funeral will be held in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A. Wednesday.
Street closures in the surrounding area are expected to begin at 6 a.m., including: North Grand Avenue between First Street and Temple Street; Hill Street between Ord Street and First Street; and Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Alameda Street.
After the 9 a.m. funeral service, the procession will travel to a burial service at the Good Shepherd Cemetery on Talbert Avenue in Huntington Beach via the 110 Freeway to the south 405 and down Magnolia Street.
The man prosecutors believe is responsible for Sanchez’s death has meanwhile been taken into custody.
Mynor Enrique Valero, 20, is accused of driving an SUV that hit the late officer’s police car during a routine patrol on May 3.
Sanchez died at a local hospital from his injuries. His partner, Officer Richard Medina, suffered numerous injuries, including a broken jaw. He has since been released from the hospital.
Valero pleaded not guilty last week to murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of leaving the scene of an accident in connection to the death of Officer Sanchez.
The case continues.