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Deputy Sheriff Kenneth James Collier | San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

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Kenneth James Collier

San Diego County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 2/28/2010

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Sentenced to 7.5 years in prison

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Deputy Ken Collier was killed in a single vehicle accident during a pursuit.

Deputy Collier was heading west on Route 52 from Santee when he spotted a wrong-way driver coming at him, and reported the incident to his dispatcher. He turned around and was trying to overtake the driver when the squad car struck an abutment and rolled down a hill. A dispatcher riding with the deputy was injured in the accident. Deputy Collier was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was caught nearby and was charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving. He was sentenced to seven years, eight months in prison.

Deputy Collier had served with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for nine years. He had previously served with the San Diego County Marshal's Office for three years. He is survived by his fiancee, brother, and sister.

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Ken was my prom date. We worked at AMC together in Santee. He had a heart of gold and could make you laugh until you cried. The world is a much dimmer place without him. I miss you Ken. You died a hero. I would expect nothing less from a man of your character.

LM Beebe
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October 10, 2012

 

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