Deputy killed in crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The other Antelope Valley sheriff’s deputy killed recently in the line of duty died in August 2003. Lake Los Angeles Deputy Steve Sorensen was shot to death at an isolated desert trailer while investigating a routine trespassing case. Sorensen’s killer died in a fiery shootout with other deputies. Bain, an Agua Dulce resident, was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the married father of three daughters. Today would have been his 46th birthday. Funeral services are pending. Flags were lowered to half-staff at Lancaster City Hall, at county offices and at the state Capitol. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a message of condolence, as he does for every Californian killed in Iraq. “Deputy Bain and his family made the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep Californians safe,” Schwarzenegger’s message said. Bain had been patrolling Thursday afternoon for speeders and other traffic violators along Avenue K, where sheriff’s officials stepped up patrols last year after 110 crashes and six fatalities in the first part of 2005. LANCASTER – Sheriff’s motorcycle Deputy Pierre Bain took it seriously that so many people died in his city from speeding, running red lights and other bad driving. On Thursday, it happened to him: Bain was riding after a speeding van, siren and emergency lights on, when a Honda SUV turned left in front of him and stopped as its 73-year-old driver saw his oncoming motorcycle, authorities said. Bain swerved, but his motorcycle saddlebag hit the sport utility vehicle’s front bumper and he went down. Bain was thrown into a tree, and died 30 minutes later at a hospital. “We’re devastated.” Lancaster sheriff’s station commander Capt. Carl Deeley said Friday. “This is twice in three years, losing someone.” Bain was Avenue K’s first fatality since the stepped-up patrols began, Deeley said. “It was his crusade.” Deeley said. “He took it personally that so many people in this city die in traffic collisions.” The crash that killed Bain was his second since transferring to Lancaster from the Temple City station less than three years ago. Within a week after he came to Lancaster in June 2003, a vehicle turned left in front of his motorcycle on Avenue I. That time, he was back at work within a few days. Bain was aware of the dangers of motorcycle patrol, Deeley said. All four of Lancaster’s motorcycle deputies have been in crashes at least twice each in the past six years, and none was their fault, Deeley said. “He was a very accomplished dirt bike rider. He was very good,” Deeley said. Bain and two other Lancaster motorcycle deputies on Tuesday had taken time from patrolling to be photographed with three youngsters for an upcoming city newsletter article about bicycle safety. Lancaster public information officer Anne Aldrich was impressed by Bain’s demeanor during the photo shoot. “He was so nice. He was so nice to the kids – what a nice man,” Aldrich said. Bain’s crash will be investigated by the California Highway Patrol because a sheriff’s deputy was involved, officials said. CHP officers said they are asking the public’s help in finding the driver of the blue van that Bain had clocked on a radar gun and was after when he crashed. “He was trying to catch up to it to pull it over,” CHP Lt. Andria Witmer said. Bain is survived by his wife, Diana, and three daughters from a previous marriage: Chantal, 21, Kristina, 18, and Alicia, 16, as well as his mother and father and a brother. Chantal was home visiting her father while on Army leave after serving in Iraq. At the tree that Bain hit at Avenue K and 20th Street East, friends put flowers, a candle and a photograph of Bain riding with two other motorcycle deputies. Lancaster deputies were offered Friday off if they were too upset by Bain’s death, but all came in to work, Deeley said. “We actually had people coming in on their day off. We have people helping the family and answering phones,” Deeley said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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