Funeral Pending for Motorcycle Deputy Killed in Lakewood Crash

LAKEWOOD (CNS) - Funeral arrangements were pending this morning for a 41-year-old Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department motorcycle deputy killed in a collision with a Mercedes-Benz sedan in the Lakewood area.

Thomas Albanese, a seven-year veteran of the department and father of two, died “instantaneously'' from the impact of the crash, which occurred just before 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Del Amo and Paramount boulevards, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

Albanese was northbound on Paramount and attempting to make a traffic stop when the Mercedes-Benz, which was westbound on Del Amo, struck him at the intersection, Villanueva said.

The force of the crash was “extreme,'' and Albanese was thrown from his bike, the sheriff said.

The driver of the vehicle was evaluated at the scene, said Anthony Whittle, a deputy fire chief with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Villanueva said in a Twitter post Thursday morning, “I can confirm this appears to be an unfortunate accident.''

A United States Marine Corps veteran who served four tours in Iraq, Albanese joined the sheriff's department in July 2013 and became a deputy two years later, Villanueva said. He held assignments at the Men's Central Jail, Transit Services Bureau and at the Lakewood station as a field training officer.

“Ultimately, his dream was to become a ... motor deputy,'' Villanueva said.

Albanese was assigned to the Pico Rivera Station after passing motor school in March.

He was a husband and father of two young boys, ages 7 and 11, the sheriff said.

“It's just a tough day for everybody,'' he said.

Albanese's remains were taken to the Los Angeles County coroner's office by way of a procession.

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that flags at the State Capitol would be flown at half-staff in honor of Albanese.

"Jennifer and I extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Albanese, who was tragically killed while on duty,'' Newsom said. "Our brave first responders place their lives in danger every day to protect their communities. We are forever grateful for his service to the people of Los Angeles.''

Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers said in a statement Thursday, “The residents of Lakewood are eternally grateful for the service that our Sheriff's Department personnel provide us ... and today's traffic accident shows how on any day of the year that service can be risky and dangerous.

“We are in solidarity with the men and women of the sheriff's department who are mourning the loss of one of their colleagues ... and we hope that you will join us in keeping the family of Deputy Tom Albanese in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.''

Photo: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

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