A member of the San Diego Police Department was killed during a four-accident chain on a California freeway earlier this month. The officer, who was off-duty at the time of the auto accident, was struck while attempting to help a woman who had been involved in the first of the four crashes. Both the officer and the women were killed when they were hit by an oncoming vehicle.
According to police reports, the fatal chain of events began when a Honda stalled in the southbound left lane of Interstate 15 near Mira Mesa Boulevard. The officer, driving his personal Mazda, was unable to see the stalled Honda in time, and crashed into it. The Mazda then came to rest in the center median of the freeway.
In the second of the four accidents, a BMW sideswiped the Honda, trapping its driver inside. The third accident soon followed, when a GMC and a Toyota Prius collided with one another as both vehicles attempted to avoid the first two accidents. The drivers of both of those vehicles sustained minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Following the third accident, the off-duty officer ran across the freeway to assist the driver of the Honda, who was trapped in her vehicle. When he reached the Honda, an oncoming Toyota Corolla crashed into the Honda. Both the officer and the driver of the Honda were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Corolla was not injured.
The cause of all four accidents is not yet known, but San Diego police continue to investigate.
Source: Sign On San Diego, “SDPD officer one of two dead in I-15 crashes,” Kristina Davis and J. Harry Jones, Oct. 1, 2011