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Off-duty officer killed in collision with truck in Palm City

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An off-duty San Diego police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash near Palm City, the San Diego Police Department said Thursday.

The officer, identified by police as Christopher Blakeley, 26, died about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown. Blakeley was a 3-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department.

Witnesses said Blakely was driving a motorcycle west on Main Street at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop at a red light at Hollister Street, according to Brown.

The motorcycle collided with a pickup truck, causing the truck to roll over, Brown said. The truck's occupants suffered minor injuries.

Blakeley, who lived in Chula Vista, is survived by his mother and brother. Services are expected to be held sometime next week, police Detective Gary Hassen said.

Pepper Blakeley, his mother, wrote this message on her Facebook page.

"There is so much more good Chris could have done in this world. I feel like the biggest hole has been ripped in my heart."

Blakeley is the fourth San Diego police officer to die in less than six weeks and the fifth to die in under a year. Two of the five officers died while on duty.

Veteran child-abuse Detective Donna Williams, 52, was fatally stabbed at her home along with her teenage daughter on July 18. Her 24-year-old son faces two counts of murder in the case.

Motorcycle Officer David Hall, a 14-year department veteran, shot himself to death in his backyard on Aug. 1. Hall was awaiting trial on drunken driving and hit-and-run charges in connection with an off-duty collision in Serra Mesa.

A week later, on Aug. 7, Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36, was shot and killed in City Heights by a man who pulled alongside the officer's patrol car and opened fire. The gunman, who was killed by police, had shot another man just before the slaying.

Last October, Officer Chris Wilson, 50, was shot to death during a probation raid at a Skyline-area apartment complex.

 

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