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Off-Duty L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Motorcycle Crash

May 31, 2016  | 

A 25-year-old Los Angeles County, CA, sheriff's deputy was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle in Corona, police said Saturday.

According to the Corona (CA) Police Department, officers and firefighters were sent shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday to the area of Hidden Valley, for report of a severe injury-related traffic collision. Upon their arrival, authorities learned two motorcycles and two vehicles were involved in the collision.

According to police, one of the motorcyclists — who was later identified as Upland resident Philip Borja — succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Borja was an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy assigned to the Norwalk station, reports KCBS.

Borja's motorcycle and a Volkswagen both caught on fire as a result of the collision. The drivers of the vehicles did not sustain injuries, police said. The other motorcyclist has since been treated and released from the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Harley @ 5/31/2016 8:25 PM

When the F*#K will law enforcement begin asserting and affirming the rights of motorcyclists? Does two wheels grant anyone with four a hunting license? Public safety, hurrah!, ...excluding motorcyclists? Well hey Mr./Ms. vehicular manslaughterist, as long as you "didn't see 'em", never mind and just go home; someone will be around shortly to clean up the mess and notify the family, and insurance will cover the cheap cost of life. </cynicism>

KevcopAz @ 6/1/2016 7:49 AM

Harley: agreed that many vehicles drivers don't take as much caution as they should, that includes M.C. riders. You assume that the car(s) were to blame, this may not be the case. We all have seen MC riders riding down the freeway, passing in-between vehicles etc etc at a high rate of speed like they are being chased. We have all seen MC riders on these "crotch rockets" riding like mad men. So don't be so quick to judge. Second any MC rider should know what they are giving up when they decide to ride a MC, safety of a compartment to protect them, lack of being "seen" as easily as a other vehicles are seen and many depending on Laws don't even wear helmets or safety clothing (flip flops and shorts don't qualify). We all make choices and sometimes the results of those choices or our own actions are not good results, thats life.

Devin Gates @ 6/1/2016 9:44 AM

You are both right. I am 35 years L.E., including 7 years as a motor officer and currently ride a Harley. I also drive by this scene every day to work. The original report in the local paper said that the driver of the car made a left turn from private property into the patch of the motorcyclists. All of the driveways there are posted "right turn only". That said, it is very sad that society does not sufficiently hold people more accountable for causing accidents that result in injury or death. I don't know who was at fault in this case, but I sincerely hope that they hold the driver of the car accountable if they determine it was their fault. "I didn't see him" should not be an acceptable excuse for hurting someone. If the motorcyclist was going to fast for the area; extremely hard lesson...

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