On Sunday, Sheriff Chad Bianco of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a deputy injured in a crash early Friday morning had passed away from his wounds.
The accident occurred at 2:15 a.m. on Friday near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and State Street in San Jacinto, and Hemet Sheriff’s Deputy Brett Harris was hurt.
Harris, 26, sustained severe injuries, including a “catastrophic brain injury,” as the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office had confirmed that Harris was on his way to a call for support when the crash occurred, but no further details about the incident have been released.
While attempting to free Harris from the wreckage, a second deputy sustained a knee injury. The other vehicle’s driver, a 56-year-old woman from Hemet, also suffered moderate injuries.
What caused the accident and who was at fault are still mysteries. CHP officers are handling the investigation.
You can also take a look at the tweet provided by KTLA below:
#BREAKING: An off-duty Riverside County sheriff’s deputy has died in a crash involving a car and a motorcycle in Riverside. Story to follow.
— KTLA (@KTLA) April 24, 2023
Harris was an organ donor, and the Sheriff’s Office said they were working with his family and the hospital to “ensure his wishes are honored.”
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Harris’s law enforcement friends and family are among those who will miss him much.
The Sheriff’s Office added that funeral details would be released later.
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Emma is a Master of Science candidate at the California Institute of Technology. Since approximately four years ago, she has been a freelance writer, producing content for newspapers, magazines, blogs, and the internet