LAGUNA BEACH ( — The Orange County Register reports that Westminster’s retired police chief and former city manager was killed Friday in a cycling accident.

The newspaper reports that James Waller was riding along State Route 133 north of State Route 73 when a driver struck him from behind.

The accident happened near Laguna Canyon Road.

Waller’s cycling companion was seriously hurt.

Friends told the paper that Waller was a passionate cyclist who rode hundreds of miles to raise money for fallen officers. reports that the cyclist fatality marks the 41st on a Southern California road this year. Waller was 53.

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