CORONA (CBSLA) — A reserve officer with the Buena Park Police Department was killed early Saturday in a three-vehicle crash, authorities said.
The accident happened in the early hours on the 91 Freeway in Corona at the 15 interchange.READ MORE: Driver Wanted After Hitting, Then Dropping Pedestrian From Car During LAPD Car Chase
The Buena Park Police Department took part in a procession Saturday to honor the officer. The procession started at Riverside Community Hospital — the place where the officer’s body was taken.
CBS2/KCAL9’s Cristy Fajardo reported from Corona where the officer’s body was taken and then from Buena Park where he was mourned.
The officer’s body was placed in a flag-draped casket for transfer to the Coroner’s Office.READ MORE: Newsom, Calif. Lawmakers Reach Deal To Reopen Schools By End Of March
Saturday evening, the officer was identified as 58-year-old Art Brice and officials said he was an 11-year member of the force who had just gotten off duty.
Colleagues remember him as being caring, uplifting and genuine. They said his favorite topic of conversation was his 8-month-old granddaughter.
The CHP set the time of the accident around 5 Saturday morning and it involved a semi-truck and a sedan. The impact of the collision was so powerful that it detached the trailer from the truck.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Opens COVID Vaccine Site At SoFI Stadium Monday For Education Staff Only
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. It was unclear if there were any injuries beyond the fatality.