Fontana PD crashes cruiser into car, kills man and severely injures two

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It happened again: A cop, probably driving way too fast ("It has not been made clear how fast the police officer was traveling when he struck the Honda") had just turned his siren on when he slammed full force into a car driven by Jose Landaverde, 63, who died from the impact. His wife and mother-in-law were badly hurt and taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Sheriffs are allegedly investigating.

Here's a link:

Fontana police officer responding to call when fatal collision occurred
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/29/2012 02:27:01 PM PDT

A Fontana police officer was responding to a call and had his siren activated when he collided with another vehicle Saturday night, killing the driver and seriously injuring two passengers, a sheriff's spokesman said today.

"I know he did have his sirens on," sheriff's Cpl. David Clifford said of the unnamed Fontana police officer.

The collision occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Juniper and Ceres avenues in Fontana. The officer was traveling north on Juniper Avenue when he collided with a 1999 Honda, vehicle model not immediately known, which turned into the path of the officer's vehicle, according to a sheriff's news release.

The impact of the collision was so severe that Fontana firefighters had to cut the roof off the Honda to extricate the driver and his two passengers, Clifford said.

It has not been made clear how fast the police officer was traveling when he struck the Honda. Investigators for the Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT), which is investigating the deadly collision, were unavailable to provide that information on Monday.

The driver of the Honda, Jose Landaverde, 63, of Fontana, was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, where he died from his injuries. His wife, Davidalia Landaverde, 58, and mother-in-law Olga Mayorga, 80, of Guatamala, were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Their conditions were also not availabls [sic] Monday.

The involved police officer was able to exit his vehicle after the collision, check on the occupants of the Honda and request medical aide. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released, according to the news release.

Fontana police Sgt. Billy Green said the department is not releasing the name of the officer involved in the collision, and any information released publicly will be released by the sheriff's MAIT team.

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