The retired LAPD lieutenant is fighting on reduced charges a driver who hit him with a pickup truck in Agoura

AGOURA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A retired Los Angeles police lieutenant who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident on his bike last year is now fighting for justice.

He says the driver was originally charged with a felony but reached a settlement that drops the charges to a misdemeanor.

The incident happened in June 2021.

Chuck Wampler said he was doing his normal drive through his Agoura neighborhood when he was hit.

A GoPro camera mounted on his helmet and security video from a neighbor’s house captured the crash.

“In one of the areas I don’t have bike lanes. I’m driving down the street and a red pickup truck pulls me sideways and just drops me right off,” he said. “One moment I’m riding my bike and the next moment I’m like a light outside.”

Wampler’s injuries were extensive, including a concussion and a broken left shoulder.

The driver was arrested a few months later for hit and run.

The prosecutor asked Wampler how he felt when the driver engaged in the crime, was serving a suspended sentence, was doing community service, and was making amends.

After all, it would be reduced to an offense.

Wampler agreed. Now he says the prosecutor told him the driver would plead guilty to a misdemeanor next month. Wampler said he plans to attend the hearing.

The 35-year LAPD veteran says the judge will listen to what he says.

“That is my hope [the judge] will review the information I am giving him and decide not to accept the request,” he said.

The public prosecutor’s office has since issued the following statement:

“As this is an ongoing matter in court, it would be inappropriate for prosecutors to comment.”

As for his recovery, Wampler says he has surgery later this year, but isn’t sure if it will be the last.

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Laura Coffey

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