LOS ANGELES, CA – A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed on March 28th after a tire reportedly flew off another vehicle on the interstate and collided with the deputy’s roof and windshield.
This fatal incident also resulted in serious injuries to another sheriff’s deputy, based upon the chain reaction caused by the incident.
Here are the details regarding this unfortunate accident.
It is with profound sadness that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announces the loss of Deputy Jeffrey McKee, who passed away in an off-duty traffic collision on Sunday, March 28, 2021.https://t.co/3nEX6xMVSG pic.twitter.com/6dIibvf9LR
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) April 1, 2021
The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on March 28th, when 35-year-old Deputy Jeffrey McKee – who was off duty at the time – was headed down Interstate 5 in East L.A. while inside of his Volvo S40.
Deputy Mackey had reportedly just wrapped up his night shift at the Los Angeles inmate reception center and was headed on his way home at the time.
According to officials from the California Highway Patrol, a tire had suddenly flown off of a Toyota Tundra that was ahead of Deputy McKee’s vehicle. The tire had wound up slamming into the deputy’s roof and windshield, reportedly causing severe head injuries to Deputy McKee.
Unfortunately, the deputy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Temple Sheriff Station family stands together in honor of Deputy Jeffrey McKee. We extend our thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and all members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department family who are grieving his loss.#LASD #RIP pic.twitter.com/MidZho02Za
— LASD Temple Station (@TEMLASD) April 1, 2021
After the tire had collided with the deputy’s roof and windshield, it bounced off and then flew in front of another vehicle that was being driven by 57-year-old LASD Deputy Norman Anpree.
Apparently, Deputy Anpree was not injured from the tire flying in front of his vehicle – but he was injured by his own car after he stepped out of it and another motorist rammed into his stopped vehicle on the roadway.
Deputy Anpree was reportedly seriously injured from his vehicle ramming into him, with LASD officials say that Deputy Anpree “faces a long road to recovery.”
In a Facebook post from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department the following was noted about the passing of Deputy McKee:
“It is with profound sadness that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announces the loss of Deputy Jeffrey McKee who passed away in an off duty traffic collision on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Deputy McKee started his career with LASD in 2006. His last unit of assignment was Inmate Reception Center (IRC) as a scheduling deputy. Deputy McKee is survived by his wife and two kids.”
“Deputy McKee committed his professional life to Los Angeles County and protecting its citizens. The LASD family mourns the loss of Deputy McKee. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Officials have not implied or mentioned any possible criminal culpability from this incident, which indicates that this has been likely concluded as just an unfortunate accident on the roadway.
A GoFundMe campaign has been raised with respect to the incident that killed Deputy McKee and seriously injured Deputy Anpree.
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Sadly, we at Law Enforcement Today reported recently on another law enforcement officer that was killed on the road – with this incident reportedly occurring in North Carolina.
Here’s that previous report from earlier in April.
CLINTON, NC – Officials say that a Newton Grove Police officer was killed during the evening of April 3rd in what was described as a single-vehicle crash that occurred within the city of Clinton.
Authorities say the officer was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed,” when he lost control of his vehicle.
Thoughts and prayers for the officer’s family and the department. All NC law enforcement agencies are encouraged to shroud their badges with a mourning band. https://t.co/mc9H4Jws6j
— NC Association of Chiefs of Police (@NCACP2) April 4, 2021
Officials from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have identified the deceased officer as 26-year-old Newton Grove Police Officer Brent Nelson Hall. From what investigators say the crash transpired at approximately 7:00 PM near the intersection of US 701 and Isaac Weeks Road.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Officer Hall was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a curb and then two light poles before the vehicle came to a rest.
In a statement released by Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren prior to the name of the officer being revealed, the following was noted about the loss stemming from this incident:
“Please pray for our Newton Grove Police Department, the Town of Newton Grove, and their families. We have lost one of our officers tonight in an accident. Out of respect for the officer’s family, we will not be announcing the officer’s name at this time.”
“Jesus, the Great Physician, the loss of life of one of our police officers is so very painful and devastating to endure. It can ravage a community for such a long time. I ask that You come and dwell in our midst.”
“Let Your holy word be a healing balm that soothes our wounds and allows us to heal from the loss of this police officer. Help us to learn from his/her selfless example of dedication and devotion to protecting us. Let our memories of him/her not be ones of sadness for their loss, but of celebration of a life lived in the image of You. Amen.”
Investigators say that Officer Hall was reportedly making his way over to the station to report for duty when the crash occurred; however, investigators aren’t sure as to why the officer was excessively speeding at the time of the incident.
Officials further noted that Officer Hall was not wearing his seatbelt during the time of the crash.
In Loving Memory of my cousin, Officer Brent Hall. He served the Newton Grove, NC area and will be dearly missed.
If you would like to help support his family, please feel free to use the Go Fund Me page link below:https://t.co/2JMlp8V9Oo
— Force for Good Gaming (@ForceforGoodGam) April 4, 2021
For those interested in helping the surviving family members of Officer Hall during this difficult time, a GoFundMe has been established by his family.
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