Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the News: San Bernardino police officer killed in on-duty traffic collision in Rancho Cucamonga

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
                                                                                                                                              
A San Bernardino police officer was killed early this morning in a traffic collision at Fourth Street and Etiwanda Avenue, on the border of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino police confirmed.

The officer was identified as Bryce Hanes, 40, of Redlands. He is a 12-year veteran of the department.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our officers in an overnight traffic collision,” San Bernardino Chief Jarrod Burguan said, via Twitter.

Hanes leaves behind a wife and three children under the age of 12, Burguan said, at a morning news conference. He described Hanes as a good officer who was well-liked.

The incident happened near the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where initial reports indicated Hanes had just dropped off an inmate.

Police officials say Hanes’ vehicle was broadsided by another motorist in a possible DUI-related collision. At the scene, the patrol car was pressed into a traffic light pole.

The other driver is 27 years old, from Fontana, and will be booked on suspicion of felony DUI, according to Ontario police. Authorities did not release the name of the second driver, who they say was driving a 2008 Dodge Charger.

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