ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — An on-duty police officer was killed Thursday during a traffic collision that occurred in Ontario.
The incident unfolded around 4:30 a.m., located in the area of Etiwanda Avenue and 4th Street, according to California Highway Patrol officers.
Upon their arrival, authorities located the officer laying on the ground.
“Unfortunately during the collision the officer did receive fatal injuries,” said Det. Bill Russell. “He was transported to a hospital where he later died.”
Authorities identified the victim as Bryce Hanes, 40, of Redlands. Hanes was a 12-year veteran of the San Bernardino Police Department.
A preliminary investigation revealed the officer had just dropped an inmate off at the West Valley Detention Center and was broadsided by a 2008 Dodge Charger. The cause of the crash forced the police cruiser to then collide with a pole.
Detective said the 27-year-old Fontana driver of the Dodge, Archie Green, reportedly ran a red light at the intersection. He is being evaluated and will be booked on suspicion of a felony charge for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
At this time, it remains unclear if speeding played a factor in the crash.
Meanwhile, police have expressed their condolences to the Hanes family on Twitter.
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered capitol flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Hanes.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Officer Hanes’ family, friends and coworkers at the San Bernardino Police Department,” Brown said in a statement. “we join all Californians in mourning his loss and vow to always remember his selfless service and sacrifice on behalf of his community.”
Hanes leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son.
“It’s always tragic when children lose their parents, so we are feeling very sad for them. They’re in our prayers for sure,” neighbor Lori Bruch said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.