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CHP officer struck, killed on 60 Freeway

December 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Slick roads are being blamed for the death of a California Highway Patrol officer early Monday morning.Officer Joseph Sanders, 29, was hit by a car and killed as he directed traffic at the scene of a previous accident on the eastbound 60 Freeway.

The fatal crash, reported at 4:20 a.m., happened west of Azusa Avenue in Hacienda Heights.

The CHP says two vehicles collided and one of them then hit the officer, who was airlifted to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Just like the rest of us out here, he had a family," said CHP Sgt. Mike Garrett. "The family's been notified at this time and our personnel, our managers are with the family. This is a very, very dark day for the CHP. This officer was out there trying to lend assistance to the citizens of California and unfortunately lost his life."

The eastbound 60 Freeway was shut down for hours at the 605 Freeway connector to Azusa for the investigation.

Sanders had been with CHP for 14 months. He left behind a wife and children.

A fund has been set up for Sanders. You may send donations to:
Officer Sanders Donation Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 826
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-9329

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