Corrections officer, dog killed in SR-79 rollover

A state corrections officer and a dog were killed in a solo car crash Monday on State Route 79 east of Lake Henshaw.

The marked Ford Crown Victoria veered out of control for unknown reasons and overturned about a half-mile north of San Felipe Road in the Warner Springs area shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Medics took the injured officer to a nearby fire station to be airlifted to a hospital, but he died before he could be put into an emergency-services helicopter. His name was withheld pending family notification.

The dog died at the scene of the crash. It was not immediately clear if the animal was a service canine.

There were no other occupants of the sedan, the CHP reported.

Authorities closed the two-lane rural road in the area to allow for investigations and cleanup.

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Mar 25 2013. Filed under Backcountry, News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

1 Comment for “Corrections officer, dog killed in SR-79 rollover”

  1. Bill Groves

    A correctional officer assigned to the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco and his dog were killed early Monday, March 25, in a rollover crash on Route 79 in San Diego County.

    Eastvale resident Gilbert Cortez and his K-9, Mattie, died when his car rolled off the road in the Warner Springs area. He was leading three other K-9 teams in separate cars driving south on State Highway 79 in San Diego County on their way to conduct a contraband search of La Cima Fire Camp, a corrections department news release stated.

    The cause of the accident is under investigation. No other vehicles were involved.

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