Mary A. Castillo
Laguna Beach motor officer Tom Cusson was injured in a traffic
collision while pursuing a speeding motorist on Laguna Canyon Road at
7:20 a.m. Wednesday.
“Officer Cusson was going eastbound when he was unable to stop in
time to avoid a car in between lanes,” Sgt. Darrin Lenyi said. The
impact threw Cusson from his bike. He hit another car and then landed
on the pavement. The accident occurred near the 73 Toll Road.
According to witness statements given to police, the suspected
traffic violator pulled his red truck with white stripes to the side
of the road.
“He looked at the downed officer, jumped in the car and sped off,”
Cusson was transported to Mission Hospital, where he was last
reported in good condition. Lenyi expected that he would be released
The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation.