Anaheim Traffic Control Assistant Needs Our Help

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A civilian traffic control assistant was ejected from her car and seriously injured when a man, who was later arrested for DUI, struck her vehicle in Anaheim last month, according to police.

The collision occurred Saturday, March 9, shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of W. La Palma Avenue. Anaheim police said the Anaheim Police Department employee was performing traffic control duties on La Palma Avenue, across the street from Servite High School, when the crash occurred.

ABC 7 reported the employee was stopped and seated in a marked traffic vehicle, blocking traffic in a westbound lane when the suspect vehicle, a blue 2017 Toyota Tundra, struck her from behind. She was ejected from the vehicle and suffered critical injuries, police said.

Co-workers and paramedics rendered medical aid and she was transported to a local trauma center, where she was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, Jose Alfredo Alcantar Garcia, a 34-year-old Placentia resident, was booked at the Anaheim Detention Facility. Charges include felony driving under the influence of drugs causing great bodily injury, possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

His bail was statutorily set at $100,000.

The critically injured traffic control assistant was identified as Giovanna Martinez, 23. After being hospitalized for weeks, she is finally conscious but has a long road ahead of her, according to close friends.

As a result, there will be a fundraiser held on her behalf May 1. See flyer below:

fundraiser

I am happy to donate books that will be raffled during the event. Moreover, Kristen Sweaza of Blue_Wives_Matter is donating hats along with contributions from other donors as well. Do you have goods or services that can help the cause? If you would like to participate by donating items to be raffled, or simply make a financial contribution, please contact those mentioned on the flyer. Your generous help will be greatly appreciated.

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