Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy William White was assigned to Firestone Park Station in the south-central area of Los Angeles County at the time of his death. At 5:27 a.m. Deputy White and Deputy Robert Melendez received a disturbance call in the Firestone area. They were en route when hit by another car. Another unit, responding as backup to the disturbance call, saw lights in the distance, but were unaware of the traffic collision. While taking the report at the original location, the victims gave the assisting deputies the license number of the getaway vehicle. This vehicle was the one that struck the patrol car occupied by Deputies Melendez and White. Deputy White was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood where he succumbed to his injuries at 9:40 a.m.