July 12, 2011 by staff
Alhambra Crash, The Alhambra Police Department is mourning an officer of 26 years who died after his car collided with another vehicle patrol officer. Authorities said both were responding to a possible robbery when the accident occurred.
Juan Carlos Mejia, 27, remains at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena in stable condition.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Garfield and main avenues of the Alhambra at 2:30 am a witness said an officer went into the intersection against the red light and “T-boned” the other officer.
Officer Ryan Stringer died in the collision. He had been with the Alhambra Police Department since 2009, and his friends and family say it was taken in the prime of his life.
“He was our guardian angel. He took care of our neighborhood,” said neighbor Elizabeth Young.
Sonny Stringer, the officer’s father said his son loved his job as an officer.
“It was a very sociable person. He loved everybody,” said the father of Sonny Stringer. “I was so excited to go to work, he would be there an hour, hour and a half before.”
Stringer was involved in a motorcycle accident last July only when he went to work on Highway 605. He was placed in an induced coma.
“It is not expected to live at that time. They said they had no chance, then returned to 100 percent. In six months, went to work full time,” said Sonny Stringer. “That was July 1 last year, July 10 this year, once again.”
“Everything he did had a smile on your face, so we’ll miss,” said Sonny Stringer.
The last time an officer was killed in the line of duty in the Alhambra Police Department was in 1970.
Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement offering condolences to the family of Stringer. Capitol flags will be hoisted at half-mast in honor of the fallen officer.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and has not released any information about the accident.
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