Memorial service held for Gardena officer killed in motorcycle crash

Family, friends and many in law enforcement gathered Friday for a memorial service to mourn the loss of a Gardena police officer who died following a motorcycle crash.

The service for Officer Toshio Hirai, 34, was held Friday morning at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Hirai was critically injured around 7:50 a.m. Nov. 14 at Western Avenue and 238th Street as he was on his way to work, according to police officials.

He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he died the next day.

The driver of the other vehicle stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected as factors in the crash, police said.

The Gardena Police Department confirmed Hirai's death in a post on Facebook.

"We are deeply heartbroken today as we announce the death of Gardena Police Officer Toshio Hirai. He was 34-years-old, a devoted husband and father of a 2-year-old son," a statement said in part.

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