LANCASTER – A small group of family members and colleagues gathered in Lancaster Friday morning to remember Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Luis R. Perez on the fifth anniversary of his death.
Perez died from injuries he sustained in a single-vehicle traffic collision on the 14 Freeway.
On the day of the crash, Perez was in great spirits, having just received a transfer from the North County Correctional Facility to the closer-to-home Mira Loma Detention Center, according to Deputy Annette Lopez of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
“That night, they decided to hang out – go to dinner – since it was going to be one of his last opportunities to hang out with a lot of people,” Lopez said. “[Perez] decided to drive home late at night, and he was involved in a traffic collision a short distance away from his home,” she said.
The accident happened in March 2009, and Perez passed away Oc. 10, 2009, three days before his 30th birthday.
Loved ones have marked the anniversary of his passing each year by gathering at the gravesite at Joshua Memorial Park to reminisce, exchange stories and reflect on the good times they all shared.
“He was always a character, always fun to be around, so we just wanted to get together… and remember what a wonderful person he was,” Lopez added.