Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in New Year’s Car Crash.

New Year’s celebrations are often about optimism for the next year, while bidding farewell to the past one.   Counting down with friends and family at midnight, and popping a bottle of champagne, are all fun traditions.  Often, however,  New Year’s Eve celebrations involve drinking more than a single glass of champagne, and the holiday is too frequently associated with excessive amounts of alcohol. This makes New Year’s Eve a particularly dangerous night to drive, as some intoxicated people may decide not to stay where they are for the night, and instead start the New Year off with a horrible decision. Drunk drivers pose a serious risk of harm, injury and even death to themselves, other drivers, and the passengers in the vehicles they are driving.

It seems, unfortunately, that this year is no exception to the sharp increase in fatal car collisions on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day.  One collision in Simi Valley, California, took the life of Heather Monroe, an off-duty officer in the LAPD.  Monroe was the passenger of a vehicle that collided with another car at the intersection of Cochran Street and Sycamore Drive shortly after 2:10 a.m. on Sunday.  While both drivers were reportedly able to walk away with only relatively minor injuries, Monroe tragically died as a result of the collision.

Investigators have not yet pinpointed what caused the fatal crash. Authorities said that it appeared one of the vehicles didn’t stop at a red light at the intersection, but they were still trying to confirm which car may have run the light.  According to, drugs and alcohol have not been ruled out as possible causes of the crash, and the incident remains as an ongoing investigation.

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it is crucial that you actively enforce your claims.  Please contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers, including our automotive and drunk driver injury attorney experts, who will work tirelessly on your case. Call us at 617-787-3700.  Time might be a factor, so do not hesitate to call us today!

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