San Diego County CA–
Join the Sheriff’s Department family for the Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in honor of fallen Deputy Ken Collier. He made the ultimate sacrifice on February 28, 2010 when he was killed in a collision while trying to stop a drunk driver going the wrong way on Highway 52 in Santee.
On Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, shortly after 3 a.m., Deputy Collier and his ride-along, sheriff’s dispatcher Ryan Debellis, came upon a wrong-way driver headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 52 in Santee, Calif.
Due to his concern for the safety and welfare of the driving public, Deputy Collier advised dispatch and tried to overtake the wrong-way driver. His patrol SUV was traveling in the auxiliary lane of the median when it struck a center median bridge abutment, rolled several hundred feet, and came to rest in a ravine. It took a tremendous effort by our deputies and other first responders to get Ken and Ryan up from the ravine where they could be treated by emergency medical personnel. Both were airlifted to local trauma centers.
Despite the valiant efforts of our deputies, officers from all over the county, emergency medical responders, and hospital personnel, Deputy Collier succumbed to his injuries. Ryan Debellis is expected to make a full recovery.
Moments after the collision, the wrong-way driver was stopped driving the wrong way on Highway 52. He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers between Mast Boulevard and Mission Gorge Road in Santee. Charges include felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
So far this year, deputies have arrested more than 1,200 people for DUI. There have been 256 DUI-related crashes. Among these crashes, one resulted in death and 85 others were injured. These 2014 numbers are only for contract cities within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department (Encinitas, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, San Marcos, Santee and Vista).
Help the San Diego County Sheriffs Department stop drunk driving on:
Saturday, October 18th
Opening Ceremony – 8:45 a.m. Walk/Run – 9:15 a.m.
2455 Cushing Road, San Diego
You can register online, here [Link] .
To learn more about Deputy Ken Collier, visit http://goo.gl/Ij5Eu.