California Governor Jerry Brown and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joseph Farrow have reported that two CHPs officers were killed: Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law.
Officers Law and Gonzalez were partners in a patrol unit responding to an accident call on Highway 99 near Bethel Avenue in Kingsburg, 25 miles south of Fresno.
The accident had been reported to be in the northbound lanes of the roadway, but was actually located in the southbound lanes of the divided road.
As they responded to the scene, they suddenly came upon the accident in the southbound lanes. One of the victims of the crash was standing in their lane of travel.
The driver of the patrol unit, Gonzalez, swerved to avoid striking the victim. The patrol vehicle subsequently struck the guard rail and a freeway exit sign post before overturning, killing both.
The original crash occurred when a pickup truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and struck the center divider of the roadway. The truck came to a stop facing the wrong way with no lights illuminating the vehicle. This set of a chain-reaction collision involving three other vehicles.
The California Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. Both officers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Both Officers Law and Gonzalez were 6-year departmental veterans who attended the Academy together and were the best of friends.
Brian Law is survived by his wife and three minor children. Officer Gonzalez is survived by his mother, a sister, and his girlfriend.
Officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez, – gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, February 17, 2014
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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