Update: Costa Mesa police today were mourning the death of a 32-year veteran of the department killed when his car slammed into a concrete pillar supporting an overpass.
Detective Mike Delgadillo’s car struck the pillar on Bristol Street under the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Costa Mesa police Lt. Tim Schennum.
Delgadillo’s fellow officers and firefighters rushed him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was declared dead this morning, he said.
Mayor Jim Righeimer, who went to the hospital after last night’s City Council meeting, said “we’re deeply saddened for the family.”
No information was made public about the circumstances of the apparent accident.
According to Schennum, Delgadillo joined the police department in October of 1981.
Among his beats was the South Coast Plaza.
From 1988 through 1994, he worked with the canine unit and was given multiple commendations for work with his canine partner Nero, Schennum said. In 1996, Delgadillo joined the gang unit as an investigator, transferring to the anti-drug unit the next year. In 2004, he was assigned to the detective bureau.
He is known as a “loyal, dedicated, hardworking employee,” Schennum said. “Mike is probably best known for his charismatic personality and his strong desire to train and mentor others, by imparting his vast knowledge and many years of experience to the younger and less experienced,” Schennum stated in a prepared release.
The chiefs of the Costa Mesa police and fire departments were at the crash site early this morning. Officers were affixing black bands to their badges to reflect their loss, a photographer at the scene said.
Original Story: An off-duty Costa Mesa police officer was killed when the car he was driving slammed into a cement column beneath a freeway overpass in Costa Mesa, according to reports from the scene.
The crash beneath the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway on Bristol Street near Newport Avenue was reported at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday March 5, said Sgt. Jerry Hildeman of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
The driver, the vehicle’s sole occupant, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, Hildeman said.
He was later pronounced dead, according to KNX 1070, which reported that he was 30-year veteran of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
The chiefs of the Costa Mesa police and fire departments were at the crash site early this morning and officers were affixing black bands to their badges, a news photographer reported from the scene.
Newport Beach police were called to assist in the crash investigation, said the Newport Beach Police Department watch commander.
The victim was driving a Honda Accord, the photographer reported.