Officer Joseph Paul Sanders

Officer Joseph Paul Sanders

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, December 15, 2008

Joseph Paul Sanders

Officer Joseph Sanders was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle while he was directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident on the Pomona Freeway in Hacienda Heights.

The vehicle that struck him had collided with another car on the rain-slicked highway at approximately 4:20 am. Officer Sanders was flown to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect pled guilty to involuntary vehicular manslaughter in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Officer Sanders was a United States Marine Corps veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for 14 months. He was survived by his expectant wife and three sons. His daughter was born on June 3rd, 2009.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge 18781
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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I served with Paul from 1997 to 2001. There was a group of us who bounced around the world together for four years. After meeting at Ft. Sill (Marine Mos school), we went to Okinawa, then Pendleton. At Pendleton we were roommates for a period of time. I remember he drove home almost every weekend in his HUGE F350 that cost a fortune (for a marine E4) to visit his wife. He was a very good person and thank you for your sacrifice!

Okinawa, and at Camp Pendleton. At Pendleton we were roommates

Sgt. Seth Clark
Mono County Sheriff's Office

July 31, 2017

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