COVINA (CBSLA.com) — A motorcycle police officer died Tuesday after colliding with an SUV in Covina.
The collision occurred around 2 p.m. when Officer Jordan Corder hit an SUV making a left turn at Citrus Avenue and Puente Street, Covina police spokesman Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
Corder, 28, was thrown from his motorcycle onto the street. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead at 2:41 p.m.
A procession of officers escorted Corder’s body from the hospital.
The 75-year-old woman driving the SUV was also hospitalized. Police would not release her name or condition.
“Our department is grieving as a family does, in that we are helping each other through this but we will never be the same without Jordan,” Capt. Derek Webster of the Covina Police Department said at a news conference Tuesday night. The Covina police chief was out of town.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued the following statement on the officer’s death: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the tragic death of Officer Jordan Corder. We join Officer Corder’s friends, family and colleagues in mourning his passing.”
In honor of Officer Corder, Brown said Capitol flags would be flown at half-staff.
Covina police said Corder had served on the force for eight years and received numerous awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He leaves behind a wife, his mother, Diane, and his father, Mark, is a retired Covina Police Department captain.
“He was the type of guy that any man would want his daughter to go out with: he was just an honest, fun-loving, caring, good individual,” family friend Scott Pierson said outside the Covina police station.
Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call CHP’s 24-hour number, (323)259-2010.