2017-03-17 / Community

Officer, civilian injured in collision

Both drivers were extricated from their vehicles


TOTALED—A patrol vehicle driven by Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Maupin is placed on a tow truck after a March 12 crash in which the officer and a driver of a Jeep were injured. Both are recovering from minor injuries. 
JOEL COUNCIL/Acorn Newspapers TOTALED—A patrol vehicle driven by Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Maupin is placed on a tow truck after a March 12 crash in which the officer and a driver of a Jeep were injured. Both are recovering from minor injuries. JOEL COUNCIL/Acorn Newspapers A Simi Valley police officer and a civilian motorist are recovering from minor injuries sustained in a traffic collision Sunday.

Around 2:15 p.m. March 12, a Jeep driven by Paul Glantz, 72, collided with the patrol car of on-duty Officer Robert Maupin at Cochran Street and Bigelow Avenue, SVPD Cmdr. Robert Arabian said.

“Officer Maupin wanted to turn east onto Cochran Street from Bigelow Avenue. . . . He was stopped waiting for oncoming traffic to pass prior to the collision,” Arabian said. “( Glantz) was intending to travel straight (on the eastbound side of Cochran Street), was inattentive, bounced off the curb and straight into the officer’s driver door.”

The crash totaled both vehicles, and the Ventura County Fire Department was called in to extricate the men, the commander said. Maupin and Glantz were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“( Maupin) was trapped, nearly wrapped in metal due to the center console with police equipment and was pinned inside. (Glantz) suffered a broken leg (and) was not wearing a seat belt, which may have accounted for his injury,” Arabian said.

No one else was injured in the incident.

“One hundred percent of a motorist’s attention needs to be directed toward the activity of driving,” the commander said. “We need to be focused on piloting a 4,000-pound object that can kill in an instant.”

Police believe Glantz is at fault in the crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor.

Glantz was not arrested nor was he cited because the incident “is not a crime” and citations are issued at the discretion of the investigating officer, Arabian said.

Melissa Simon

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