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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About 9 years have passed since I lost you, I have no idea how you acted or what you were like, but not a day goes by where I don't think about you. I wish you were still here so I could talk to you and get to know you. Everyday I wonder what life would be like with you still here. I wonder what it would be like if I had contact with my family on your side. I just wish you were here, there's nothing I want more than for you to see me grow up and to be able to know you. Even though you're not here with me, I have a feeling that you can see me succeed, fail, and grow up from heaven.

Love you


March 2, 2018

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