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Off-duty deputy fatally struck on freeway

Off-duty deputy Michael Haak walked onto the traffic side of his vehicle and was struck by a motorist traveling north in the right lane,
Off-duty deputy Michael Haak walked onto the traffic side of his vehicle and was struck by a motorist traveling north in the right lane,
Courtesy of L.A. County Sheriff's Department

An off-duty Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy was fatally struck on the freeway after he got out of his vehicle because of car trouble.

At about 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Michael Haak stopped on the right shoulder of the I-605, north of South Street presumably experiencing vehicle trouble, according to a news release. He was off-duty and in his personal vehicle.

“Initial statements obtained at the scene indicate Deputy Haak walked onto the traffic side of his vehicle and was struck by a motorist traveling north in the right lane,” the statement read.

Deputy Haak was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The other motorist, a 54-year-old Buena Park man, stopped at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. Intoxication is not believed to be a factor in the collision.

Deputy Haak began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the fall of 1988. During his 29 years with the Sheriff’s Department, he worked a variety of assignments. His most recent assignment was at Lakewood Sheriff's Station. He is survived by his wife, three children and his sister.