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One of 25 Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits injured last week when a driver plowed into the group while they were out during a training run in South Whittier was listed Sunday in grave condition, according to the department.
The recruit was identified as Alejandro Martinez, who suffered brain swelling, compound femur fractures, a collapsed lung, multiple organ damage and has been placed on a ventilator, according to sources familiar with the incident but who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva had previously said the department’s biggest concern was for Martinez, who he said had surgery after head trauma and multiple fractures following Wednesday’s crash.
In a statement, Villanueva said the recruit had suffered a setback that moved his condition from critical to grave. The department asked the public “to keep him and his family in your prayers.” Two other recruits remain in critical condition, while the remainder of those injured have been released from various hospitals.
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