A Los Angeles Department of Transportation officer who was killed in a traffic accident while on duty in Van Nuys was honored with a memorial sign Thursday at the intersection where he was hit.
LADOT Officer Gregory Park was struck by at least one of two vehicles involved in a collision while he was on the street issuing a parking citation on July 27 about 7:20 a.m. in the 15200 block of Victory Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police and the LADOT.
He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Councilman David Ryu, and LADOT leadership paid tribute to Park and his family with a memorial sign dedication at the northwest intersection of Victory Boulevard and Columbus Avenue.
“We owe it to his memory, his family, and his loved ones to learn from this tragedy. This is one of the many reasons why Vision Zero, to reduce pedestrian deaths by 2025, was created,” Martinez said. “Officer Park was the second traffic enforcement officer in our city’s history to die in the line of duty. For all of our sakes, he needs to be the last. We cannot let Officer Park and the tragedy of his death become just another statistic.”
Martinez’s office said Park is remembered as a military veteran who served his country and then returned home to serve his community for 12 years.
“Many people know the dangers of serving as a firefighter or a police officer,” Ryu said. “But the LADOT officers who serve our city every day do difficult and often dangerous work. Officer Park did this work with honor, and his loss is felt deeply by the Department and the entire City family.”
LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said, “Our LADOT family continues to grieve from the tragic loss of Officer Gregory Park. We believe this sign will be a beacon to Officer Park’s service to others. We will continue to fight to ensure that no community feels the heavy weight of a life lost too soon.”